god·​daugh·​ter ˈgäd-ˌdȯ-tər How to pronounce goddaughter (audio)
 also  ˈgȯd-
: a female godchild

Examples of goddaughter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Culkin's longtime partner, fellow actor Brenda Song, attended the ceremony with their two children; as did his siblings, Rory and Quinn; his goddaughter, Paris Jackson; and fellow Party Monster actor Seth Green. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 1 Dec. 2023 Hendrickson seemed to sense his goddaughter’s confusion. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2024 Survivors include her sons, David, artistic director and CEO of the Strasberg institute, and Adam; daughters-in-law Lindsey and Nora; grandchildren Gwendolyn, Scarlett, Sawyer, Owen and Asher; sisters Victoria and Elena; nephew Sasha; and a goddaughter, actress Drew Barrymore. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Jan. 2024 The performance came shortly after the iconic songwriter released her first ever rock album, Rockstar, which features collaborations with Paul McCartney, Sting, Steven Tyler, Debbie Harry, Rob Halford, Elton John, goddaughter Miley Cyrus and many more. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 28 Nov. 2023 The album also features contemporary artists such as Parton’s goddaughter Miley Cyrus, and pop singers Lizzo and Pink, among many others. Alli Rosenbloom, CNN, 18 Aug. 2023 John’s goddaughter Amy Goudy, who spoke with him shortly after K.C. first circulated a short clip of the call this past summer, said the actor claimed no recollection of speaking so vehemently against Shannon. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Nov. 2023 The 30-track set features the beloved artist fully plugging into the genre, with a combination of covers and originals, and help from such legendary guests as Sting, Steven Tyler, Debbie Harry, Rob Halford, Elton John and of course goddaughter and frequent collaborator Miley Cyrus. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 24 Nov. 2023 Meghan’s comment about enjoying the holidays with her little ones comes two days after Tyler Perry revealed his nickname for Lili, who is his goddaughter. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goddaughter was before the 12th century

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“Goddaughter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goddaughter. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


god·​daugh·​ter -ˌdȯt-ər How to pronounce goddaughter (audio)
: a female person for whom another person acts as sponsor at baptism
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