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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However, when Kaytora and her godmother arrived in Florida, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ended up separating the pair because the woman was not Kaytora’s biological parent. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Bahamian Girl Reunited With Family After Days Of Separation," 13 Sep. 2019 The Grammy-winning singer has been given the title of godmother to Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Clarkson Is Officially a Godmother! ...to Norwegian Cruise Line's Newest Ship, the Encore," 10 Sep. 2019 My godmother lost her daughter and her husband, then had a stroke all within eight months. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Meet the cast of Survivor: Island of the Idols," 9 Sep. 2019 According to a post on Beeds Byaree’s Instagram page, Areeayl conceptualized the earrings earlier this year to honor her late godmother. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Indya Moore Honors Black Transgender Women Murdered in the U.S. at the Daily Front Row Awards," 7 Sep. 2019 Helen was a godmother to many and had very close relationships with her nieces and nephews. courant.com, "Helen Antonio," 8 Sep. 2019 Jolie and Bisset dined at a world-famous restaurant while Jolie was in Paris for business Angelina Jolie got to spend some quality time with her godmother Jacqueline Bisset on a recent Paris business trip. Mary Green, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Angelina Jolie's Paris Trip with Godmother Jacqueline Bisset: 'They're Very Close'," 11 July 2019 YouTube be damned — some of our favorite tips come from our moms, grandmas, godmothers, aunties, and family friends. refinery29.com, "The Best Black Beauty Tips We Learned From Our Moms, Grandmas, & Aunties," 19 June 2018 King Felipe of Spain and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, who are both godfathers, and godmother Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden are all expected to attend. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Royals from Around the World Are Gathering This Weekend for Princess Ingrid Alexandra's Confirmation," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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