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 Aniston, who is Coco’s godmother and has known the teen since birth, couldn’t believe how mature her best friend’s daughter looked in the sweet photo. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Courteney Cox Hilariously Responds After Fans Mistake Her for Caitlyn Jenner in Photo," 16 Dec. 2019 Think of her as the spiritual godmother of Gwyneth Paltrow, founder of the $250 million Goop corporation. Emmeline Clein, Smithsonian Magazine, "Madame Yale Made a Fortune With the 19th Century’s Version of Goop," 20 Feb. 2020 With each paycheck, Jacobs told the Seattle Times that his godmother bought partial shares in oil companies, Seattle utility companies and other businesses. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "She never attended a university, but her estate will give nearly $10 million to community colleges," 28 Dec. 2019 There the Pughs were safe from the Nazi bombing of London, and Trish thrived, crediting her godmother for saving her life by fattening her up on fresh goat’s and cow’s milk. Keith L. Runyon, The Courier-Journal, "Trish Pugh Jones, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Festival of Faiths' giant, has died," 21 Dec. 2019 Princess Märtha Louise, her aunt and godmother, will also participate in the celebration. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Royals from Around the World Are Gathering This Weekend for Princess Ingrid Alexandra's Confirmation," 30 Aug. 2019 Claudia Stapleton, Hernandez's aunt and godmother, said while crying and clutching a framed photo of her. Kat Stafford, USA TODAY, "'She just started living': Family devastated after Detroit girl, 9, mauled by dogs," 21 Aug. 2019 David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon (born 1961) David Armstrong-Jones is the son of Queen Elizabeth's sister, Princess Margaret, making the Queen his aunt and godmother. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything to Know About Queen Elizabeth's 30 Godchildren," 9 Sep. 2018 One juror wrote the judge a note saying Taylor’s godmother had tried to contact her on Facebook. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore gunman gets 75 years in prison for murdering 7-year-old Taylor Hayes," 18 Oct. 2019

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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 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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