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

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 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, "Mary A. Rice," 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, "Concetta Ficara," 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, "Kamala Harris Is Making Her Case. But Can She Stand Out in a Crowded Field?," 3 Oct. 2019 And the godchild she has been blessed with is… a cruise ship? Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Clarkson Is Officially a Godmother! ...to Norwegian Cruise Line's Newest Ship, the Encore," 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, "Thomas E. Skoglund," 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, "This Baker, Entrepreneur and Mother Is Fighting for Section 8 Tenants to Be Able to Use Medical Cannabis," 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, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Bridesmaids and Page Boys Were Just Announced," 16 May 2018 As a licensed royal expert, the upcoming wedding between the parents of my future godchildren (Meghan Markle and Prince Harry) isn’t just a joyous occasion for me. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "What Are the Official Rules for Royal Wedding Guests?," 8 May 2018

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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 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of godchild

: a child that you promise to help teach and guide in religious matters when you become the child's godparent in a Christian baptism ceremony


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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