god·​moth·​er ˈgäd-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce godmother (audio)
: 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 Russia frees killers from prison to go to war and kill in Ukraine Desperate, Diana contacted her godmother, who was living in Russia. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 Carey will be honored with the Music Icon Award, with musical tributes from her godmother, Patti LaBelle, and EGOT-winner Jennifer Hudson, who recently had the Queen of Christmas on her talk show. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Nov. 2023 Queen Mathilde and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands share a fun friendship, and Mathilde is even godmother to Princess Catharina-Amalia’s younger sister, Princess Alexia! Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2023 Curtis is godmother to Jake Gyllenhaal; the two even lived next door to each other for a while during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 The auction house confirmed Friday that Drake bought the piece after Shakur's godmother and lifelong supporter, Yaasmyn Fula, put it up for auction earlier this week. Kimi Robinson, USA TODAY, 28 July 2023 The Educators Who Changed Their Lives: 'My Teacher Was The Reason' Berry and Sims are still close to this day — so close, in fact, that Sims is godmother to the actress's two children: son Maceo-Robert, 10, and daughter Nahla, 15, Berry said. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 The singer and activist designed the ring with his godmother, Fula, over the course of several months in 1996, Sotheby's said. Simrin Singh, CBS News, 28 July 2023 Drew Barrymore, who recently resumed shooting her talk show, is Cobain’s godmother, but the guest list was still under wraps on Tuesday afternoon. Jonah Valdez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of godmother was before the 12th century

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“Godmother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godmother. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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god·​moth·​er ˈgäd-ˌmət͟h-ər How to pronounce godmother (audio)
 also  ˈgȯd-
: a female sponsor at baptism

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