god·​par·​ent | \ˈgäd-ˌper-ənt also ˈgȯd- \

Definition of godparent 

: a sponsor at baptism

Examples of godparent in a Sentence

My aunt and uncle are also my godparents.

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Adrienne’s six godparents —Coralie Charriol Paul, Nader Panahpour, Natalie Werner, Anouska d’Abo, Gustav Thott and Carlotte Kreuger Cederlund — are pictured in the other. PEOPLE.com, "See How Princess Leonore, 4, Shakes Things Up When She Gets Bored at Her Sister's Christening," 13 June 2018 Carter is a longtime friend of the Duchess, and is even one of Princess Charlotte's godparents. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Were in Yet Another Wedding This Weekend," 24 Sep. 2018 The bride, Sophie Carter, is one of Kate's longtime close friends and is even one of Charlotte's godparents. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Gave Prince George the Funniest Look at a Family Friend's Wedding," 24 Sep. 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen six people (a mix of family and longtime friends) to be the godparents of Prince Louis. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears McQueen Again for Third Christening," 9 July 2018 She was followed by her parents and brother, and by some of the godparents and their spouses. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Louis' christening: Pippa, godparents arrive to honor third royal baby," 9 July 2018 Plus, Prince Louis' godparents and their spouses are also in attendance. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Five Cambridges Appeared Together for the First Time at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 During the ceremony, his seven godparents were also named, including Prince William’s cousin Zara Tindall and many of their closest friends. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Fascinating History of Prince Louis's Christening Dress," 9 July 2018 Along with the godparents and their spouses, the exclusive list included the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Michael, Carole, Pippa, and James Middleton. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Christening Quiz You Have to Take Before Prince Louis's Baptism," 8 July 2018

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1693, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of godparent

: a person who promises to help teach and guide someone in religious matters as part of a Christian baptism ceremony : a godfather or godmother


god·​par·​ent | \ˈgäd-ˌper-ənt \

Kids Definition of godparent

: a sponsor at baptism

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