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

Definition of goddaughter

: a female godchild

Examples of goddaughter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recently, my 4-year-old goddaughter Emma visited with her mother and grandmother. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: A spring vacation turned into a surreal staycation," 28 Mar. 2020 The cause was complications from heart surgery, said his goddaughter Natasha Gregson Wagner. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Mart Crowley, Tony-winning playwright of ‘The Boys in the Band,’ dies at 84," 10 Mar. 2020 Up until then, a group of relatives — including my 4-year-old goddaughter Emma, the show’s biggest fan — were having dinner and not paying much attention to the game. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: A powerful, provocative Super Bowl half-time show delivered its intended messages," 6 Feb. 2020 There's also Florence van Cutsem, another of Harry's goddaughters, who is three years old. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Bridesmaids and Page Boys Were Just Announced," 16 May 2018 Other speakers included civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, childhood friends and Norman’s brother, nephew, goddaughter and niece-in-law. Mesfin Fekadu, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral," 12 Oct. 2019 Even Ivy Getty, the 25-year-old goddaughter of Schuman Silver, took a turn onstage as Miss New Year’s. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ gets a heartfelt goodbye," 9 Jan. 2020 Amos Bauman, a businessman at the turn of the century, had owned the building, and seemingly much of Germantown, when his goddaughter, Kanzler, was a child. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "You may know it as the Eiderdown restaurant. But to this Germantown family, it was home," 8 Jan. 2020 His death was confirmed by Jane Dorian, his goddaughter. BostonGlobe.com, "Jerry Herman, the Broadway composer-lyricist who gave America the rousing, old-fashioned musicals “Hello, Dolly!” and “Mame” in the 1960s and Broadway’s first musical featuring gay lovers, “La Cage aux Folles,” in the 1980s, died Thursday at a hospital in Miami. He was 88.," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of goddaughter

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Goddaughter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goddaughter. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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