god·​moth·​er | \ ˈgäd-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce godmother (audio) \

Definition of godmother

: a woman who sponsors a person at baptism

Examples of godmother in a Sentence

Her aunt is also her godmother.
Recent Examples on the Web No big deal that the original is by her godmother, Dolly Parton. Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture, "Disney and Nickelodeon Stars Gone Pop: A Ranking," 25 Jan. 2021 In a tradition of celebrity disappearances that extends from pilot Amelia Earhart to union boss Jimmy Hoffa, O'Hair, largely regarded as the godmother of American atheism, simply dropped off the radar screen. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "11 captivating South Texas tales," 8 Dec. 2020 With my face completely covered, my godmother wiped my eyes with her handkerchief. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "John McCain’s Apache Land Grab Is Finally Happening," 15 Jan. 2021 Jones decided to make Obrock a godmother for Zamyrah as a way to thank her for all her support. Kelsie Smith, CNN, "A woman who gave birth while intubated due to Covid-19 names her ICU nurse as the baby's godmother," 5 Jan. 2021 Marjory's godmother ultimately agreed to house her again. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "A girl came to the U.S. border with reports of sexual abuse. ICE expelled her, citing COVID-19," 3 Dec. 2020 When Bonetta died—likely of tuberculosis—in 1880 at the age of 37, the queen comforted her namesake at Osborne; per the Times’ David Sanderson, Victoria, who also served as the younger Victoria’s godmother, later paid for her education. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Little-Known Story of Queen Victoria’s Black Goddaughter," 8 Oct. 2020 Loved ones said Mansfield herself was like a mother to her nieces and nephews and a godmother to at least 10 children. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "New street signs to bear names of a former Hartford shelter director and a South End woman who loved to give," 3 Dec. 2020 Bartholomew would also go on to become Prince Harry's godmother, and has remained close with her godson over the years; she was seen attending his wedding to Meghan Markle in May of 2018. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Friends and Flatmates "Screamed and Howled" When They Found Out She was Engaged," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of godmother

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Godmother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godmother. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of godmother

: a woman who is a godparent


god·​moth·​er | \ ˈgäd-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce godmother (audio) \

Kids Definition of godmother

: a girl or woman who is a sponsor for someone at baptism

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