godfather

noun
god·​fa·​ther | \ ˈgäd-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce godfather (audio) also ˈgȯd- \

Definition of godfather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 rebelsThe Times Literary Supplement (London)
b : the leader of an organized crime syndicate

godfather

verb
godfathered; godfathering; godfathers

Definition of godfather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to act as godfather to

Examples of godfather in a Sentence

Noun Her uncle is her godfather. Many people regard him as the godfather of rock and roll.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the director’s chair is Sam Raimi, whom many consider to be the godfather of superhero cinema. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 The coach is the godfather of Nelson’s daughter, Emma. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 The center was intended to further Hatch’s influence far after his death, a sign that Utah’s political godfather may remain relevant for decades to come. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 He is often called the godfather of critical race theory, but the term was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in the 1980s. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Anh Co Tran has been called the godfather of cool hair. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 22 Sep. 2021 The official singled out pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who made Putin the godfather of his daughter, as a significant source of misleading information. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Her beloved neighbor — the godfather of her young daughter — lay bleeding out on the sidewalk. Lea Skene, Baltimore Sun, 14 Mar. 2022 Architecture and urban design columnist Carolina Miranda also profiles the boundary-pushing video artist and art godfather Ulysses Jenkins on the heels of his Hammer Museum retrospective. Christopher Knightart Critic, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even the beginning is a little iffy: Where does godfather Drosselmeyer come from? John Anderson, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 The sons also took Murdaugh’s advice to hire attorney Cory Fleming to be executor of their mother’s estate without telling them Fleming was a longtime friend, old college roommate and godfather to at least one of Murdaugh’s sons. Jeffrey Collins, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Oct. 2021 The sons also took Murdaugh’s advice to hire attorney Cory Fleming to be executor of their mother’s estate without telling them Fleming was a longtime friend, old college roommate and godfather to at least one of Murdaugh’s sons. Jeffrey Collins, chicagotribune.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Hawkins, godfather to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, took teammates to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum whenever in Kansas City, decades before MLB officially recognized the leagues. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2021 Now Leroy could be dad first and coach second, while Lewis could be coach first and godfather second. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2020 Hosted by Sean, 44, the two-part documentary about his dad — who was tragically murdered outside his New York City apartment on Dec.8, 1980 — also features memories from his elder brother, Julian Lennon, and godfather Elton John. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2020 The new generation of progressives in the city, godfathered by Garcia, and represented in the March elections by Alma Anaya, Aaron Ortiz, and Beatriz Frausto, is a force to be reckoned with within the party. Jacqueline Serrato, chicagotribune.com, 25 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of godfather

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Godfather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godfather. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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godfather

noun
god·​fa·​ther | \ ˈgäd-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce godfather (audio) \

Kids Definition of godfather

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

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