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.

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More recently, Miley recruited her godmother's vocals to appear on her latest album. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "How Is Dolly Parton Related to Miley Cyrus?," 10 Feb. 2019 Their families are exceptionally close: Godsick’s wife, the former tennis star Mary Joe Fernandez, is a godmother of Federer’s children. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "A Day With Roger Federer: A Tennis Ambassador’s Work Is Never Done," 20 Mar. 2018 Nicknamed the godmother of wellness, she was then married to Edmond Szekely, a renowned linguist, philosopher, psychologist, visionary, and natural-living mentor. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 In fact, Janet is Bella’s godmother, according to her modeling portfolio. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Bella Harris? What We Know About the 18-Year-Old Model Reportedly Dating Drake," 14 Sep. 2018 Specifically, Lady Jane Fellowes gave a reading at Harry’s wedding, and her daughter Laura is Princess Charlotte’s godmother. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "The Tricky Relationship Between the Royal Family and Their In-laws," 29 July 2018 As Rosa notes in her caption, Diana was the godmother of her 23-year-old daughter, Domenica. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Diana's Close Friend Posts Rare Candid Photo of the Royal," 31 Aug. 2018 Wells, who worked as a caterer, and his sister sat at a table with their godmother, Shirley Ann Conover, and a housemate, mixing their own family stories with knowing gossip about various Kennedys. Jennifer Schuessler, The Seattle Times, "Jacqueline Kennedy’s notes for Dallas found, starting a quiet tug of war," 2 July 2018 Leondro is the de facto godmother of the Big Mamas. New York Times, "‘I Have to Be Open’," 24 June 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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