god·​child | \ ˈgäd-ˌchīld How to pronounce godchild (audio) also ˈgȯd- \

Definition of godchild

: a person for whom another person becomes sponsor at baptism

Examples of godchild in a Sentence

My niece is also my godchild.
Recent Examples on the Web Julian Hardinge, 4th Baron Hardinge of Penshurst (born 1945) Elizabeth's godchild Julian has stayed out of the public eye throughout his life. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, 9 Sep. 2018 Mary is survived by sisters in law Rosemary Rice, Mary Lou Rice, Lois Falkowski and Patricia Pitkat and many nieces and nephews, godchildren and great nieces and nephews. courant.com, 22 Oct. 2019 Connie and Joe did not have any children of their own but were parents to many nephews, nieces and godchildren. courant.com, 14 Nov. 2019 Her memories are replete with references to surrogate grandmas and second mothers, godparents and godchildren, aunts and uncles, none of whom are related. Molly Ball, Time, 3 Oct. 2019 And the godchild she has been blessed with is… a cruise ship? Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2019 Tom is also survived by his father Gary Skoglund, two sisters Karen Romero (Edward) and Rebecca West (Mark), 3 aunts, 8 nieces and nephews, 1 godchild, a large circle of in-laws, and a loving cat Whiskers. Hartford Courant, courant.com, 23 May 2018 Outside of her entrepreneurship, Nichols is a proud mother who’s raised five godchildren, with one son living at home with her. Estrohaze, The Root, 2 June 2018 Zalie is the daughter of Zoe Warren and the queen's racing manager John Warren, who himself is a godchild of the late Princess Diana. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, 16 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of godchild

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Godchild.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godchild. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for godchild


god·​child | \ ˈgäd-ˌchīld How to pronounce godchild (audio) \
plural godchildren\ -​ˌchil-​drən \

Kids Definition of godchild

: a person for whom another person acts as a sponsor at baptism

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Nglish: Translation of godchild for Spanish Speakers


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