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godfather

noun god·fa·ther \ ˈgäd-ˌfä-t͟hər also ˈgȯd- \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of godfather

1 : a man who sponsors a person at baptism
2 : one having a relation to someone or something analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild: such as
a : one that founds, supports, or inspires
  • made him the godfather of a whole generation of rebels
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)
b : the leader of an organized crime syndicate

Examples of godfather in a Sentence

  1. Her uncle is her godfather.

  2. Many people regard him as the godfather of rock and roll.

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First Known Use of godfather

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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godfather

verb

Definition of godfather

godfathered; godfathering; godfathers
: to act as godfather to

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First Known Use of godfather

1651

in the meaning defined above

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GODFATHER Defined for English Language Learners

godfather

Definition of godfather for English Language Learners

  • : a man who is a godparent

  • : a man who invents or begins something

  • : the leader of a group of criminals who belong to a secret criminal organization (such as the Mafia)


GODFATHER Defined for Kids

godfather

noun god·fa·ther \ ˈgäd-ˌfä-t͟hər \

Definition of godfather for Students

: a boy or man who is a sponsor for someone at baptism


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