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 The twins were warmly welcomed by their godmother who decked the star’s home with balloons, flowers, cake and more. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 14 Apr. 2022 Nadia has a surrogate-parent figure on the show, named Ruth (Elizabeth Ashley), based on a friend of Ivette’s, Ruth Factor, whom Lyonne considers to be her godmother. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 One fellow from her class recently asked her to be a godmother. Mckenna Oxenden, Baltimore Sun, 29 Mar. 2022 The family’s lives and their final hours were described in an interview by Mr. Perebyinis and a godmother, Polina Nedava. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2022 Alex's aunt and godmother, Michelle Koertgen, told ABC affiliate WISN that Alex was found on the ground bleeding and having seizures. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 25 Oct. 2021 Pop star and American Idol judge Katy Perry will christen the ship as its new godmother later this year, which continues Norwegian’s tradition to use music icons as godmothers. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2022 Lisa Bryant, her godmother, worked for the Detroit recreation department for over 20 years and every summer wherever Bryant went, Whitehorn went and played a variety of sports. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, 14 Mar. 2022 The couple have a young daughter, and DeBates is her godmother. CNN, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for godmother


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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