god·​par·​ent | \ ˈgäd-ˌper-ənt also ˈgȯd- How to pronounce godparent (audio) \

Definition of godparent

: a sponsor at baptism

Examples of godparent in a Sentence

My aunt and uncle are also my godparents.

Recent Examples on the Web

Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Harry and Meghan stir new debate about royal privilege by refusing to identify Archie’s godparents," 8 July 2019 One other important part of the ceremony is the presence of the baby’s godparents, who are often named in advance of the event. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Why Meghan Markle's Approach to Royal Baby Archie's Christening Isn't So Surprising," 6 July 2019 Following baby Archie's arrival, there have been rumors swirling about who his godparents will be. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Serena Williams Paid a Secret Visit to Meet Meghan Markle's Baby Archie," 26 May 2019 The couple have apparently already discussed godparents with Harry’s royals cousin Zara Philips, and Princess Eugenie is said to be top of the list. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "When Will Baby Sussex Be Christened?," 10 May 2019 For their first two children, William and Kate chose godparents from their social circle and close connections. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be the New Royal Baby's Godparents?," 23 Apr. 2018 Harry and Markle have yet to announce their decision, and since Prince William and Kate Middleton are unlikely to be the baby's godparents, there's been a lot of speculation about who will take on the important role. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Serena Williams Paid a Secret Visit to Meet Meghan Markle's Baby Archie," 26 May 2019 Many other details about Archie remain under wraps, including who the baby's godparents will be. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "George Clooney Says He Won't Be Archie Harrison's Godfather," 9 May 2019 Who will be the baby's godparents (because royal kids get several of them)? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Will Kate Middleton Be Godmother to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby?," 12 Jan. 2019

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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


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Kids Definition of godparent

: a sponsor at baptism

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