god·​daugh·​ter | \ ˈgäd-ˌdȯ-tər also ˈgȯd- How to pronounce goddaughter (audio) \

Definition of goddaughter

: a female godchild

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Police said the couple had been increasingly discarding their personal belongings in recent months and an analysis of their social media posts pointed to a desire to commit suicide together with Zhang as their symbolic goddaughter. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Missing 9-year-old girl, whose disappearance gripped China, found dead," 15 July 2019 Stanley Forman’s 1975 photograph of 19-year-old Diana Bryant and her 2-year-old goddaughter Tiare Jones falling from a broken fire escape during a fire in Boston that prompted officials in Massachusetts to pass new laws on fire-safety. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "In news, when words fail, graphic and shocking photos often don't," 2 July 2019 Jazz singer Charmaine Neville, the daughter of Charles Neville and goddaughter of Rebennack, followed the second-line from a distance, occasionally punching her umbrella in the air in sync with the music. Hanna Krueger, nola.com, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019 Our favorite boss babe stepped out last weekend for her goddaughter Majesty’s 5th birthday party in New York City rocking her latest footwear obsession- Amina Muaddi heels. James Love, Essence, "Shop Rihanna’s Latest Footwear Obsession," 14 June 2019 Flanked by lawmakers, Kara-Murza’s young daughter — also Nemtsov’s goddaughter — pulled a string to remove the cloth covering the sign across the street from the embassy. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Street signs outside Russian embassy in Washington now honor slain dissident," 27 Feb. 2018 Maud Windsor, goddaughter of the bride and her third cousin 14. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Who's Who in Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding Portraits?," 15 Oct. 2018 Bridesmaid Florence van Cutsem, 3, goddaughter of the groom 16. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "One of the most striking things about Harry and Meghan’s official royal wedding photos," 21 May 2018 Miss Florence van Cutsem, 3 The goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs. Alice van Cutsem and Major Nicholas van Cutsem. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Announce Their Bridesmaids and Page Boys," 16 May 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of goddaughter

: a female godchild


god·​daugh·​ter | \ ˈgäd-ˌdȯ-tər How to pronounce goddaughter (audio) \

Kids Definition of goddaughter

: a girl or woman for whom another person acts as a sponsor at baptism

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