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

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 Editing his films frame by frame, and zooming in to amplify a shade of cantaloupe to give it the ideal tone; getting down on one knee, impeccably mannered, to ask Stella McCartney to be his son’s godparent. Ashley Simpson, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Nov. 2021 Nicholas Galitzine is the suave but modern Prince Robert, and Billy Porter plays the film’s fairy godparent. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 And this time Billy Porter is working his magic as her fairy godparent. Christopher Ros, Glamour, 12 Aug. 2021 In her retelling of the classic fairytale about an orphan who longs to meet her prince charming, Billy Porter is portraying Cinderella’s fairy godparent and Idina Menzel is playing her evil stepmother. Rebecca Rubin, chicagotribune.com, 6 May 2021 But if your sister is a serious Catholic, inviting you to be a godparent was asking you to play a role in the child’s spiritual development. New York Times, 4 May 2021 The godparent of one of the victims said Monday the family has not yet decided whether to speak publicly. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 Jamaal Weathersby, the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in New Orleans and a godparent to Jaquan, said Jaquan routinely brought his report card to show Weathersby his grades. Rebecca Santana, Star Tribune, 11 Nov. 2020 Along with Camila playing the titular role, Idina Menzel will be playing her evil stepmother and Billy Porter is the Fab G, her fairy godparent. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, 28 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of godparent

1693, in the meaning defined above

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“Godparent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godparent. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of godparent

: a sponsor at baptism

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