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 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 And the names of the godparents typically are made public. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 6 July 2019 The three women went to Northwestern University together, and a few people think that by inviting these two old friends to the game, Markle is confirming their status as godparents to wee Archie. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, 5 July 2019 The competition is stiff, and the couple still hasn't announced who will serve as godparents to their little boy. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, 6 May 2019

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First Known Use of godparent

1693, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of godparent was in 1693

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14 May 2021

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“Godparent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godparent. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce godparent (audio) \

Kids Definition of godparent

: a sponsor at baptism

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