god·​moth·​er | \ˈgäd-ˌmə-t͟hər \

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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Hannah recently was honored with the role of Prince Louis' godmother. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's BFF Wore a Wedding Dress That Looked a LOT Like Hers," 24 Sep. 2018 The godmother for Thursday's christening ceremony will be a former astronaut, Anna Fisher, who worked on NASA's Orion spacecraft project in addition to flying on a space shuttle. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Viking Cruises ship boasts high-tech planetarium," 14 June 2018 The New York Times reports Gil Wells recovered the documents in 2015 from his godmother, Shirley Ann Conover, who once worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Jackie Kennedy’s Never-Before-Seen Packing List Reveals Heartbreaking Details of Her Final Trip with JFK," 9 July 2018 She was inspired to get involved by her late godmother, Elizabeth Taylor, and her Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which was founded in 1991. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Paris Jackson Posts a Shirtless Photo to Promote the 25th Annual Life Ball," 7 June 2018 The new dome, photographs and choice of godmother for Orion fit a theme of exploration — a Viking touchstone. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Viking Cruises ship boasts high-tech planetarium," 14 June 2018 David Jardine-Patterson, at 5/1, is the husband of Emilia, who is a godmother to Prince George, while Hugh van Cutsem, also at 5/1, is one of four brothers who are close to William and Harry. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Why Meghan Markle Won’t Be Godmother to Prince Louis — and the Surprising Odds-On Favorites," 22 June 2018 Myah Bush, Aajae’s godmother, was deeply proud and wanted to celebrate. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "Not your parents' prom: Inside Philly's elaborate send-off culture," 8 June 2018 Maxima had a close relationship with her youngest sister, who was a bridesmaid at her wedding to Willem-Alexander, and a godmother to Ariane, the third child of the Dutch royals. Washington Post, "Sister of Dutch queen dies in Argentina," 7 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 \

Kids Definition of godmother

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

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