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.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton announced the names of Prince Louis's six godparents today before his christening this afternoon, but Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton's names weren't on the list. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Prince William and Kate Middleton Picked Prince Louis's Godparents," 9 July 2018 As one of her godparents, Sophie also attended Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Who Is Sophie Carter? Kate Middleton's Close Friend Is Also Godmother to Princess Charlotte," 24 Sep. 2018 Elizabeth's father, King George VI, was also his godparent. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything to Know About Queen Elizabeth's 30 Godchildren," 9 Sep. 2018 But no godparent is quite as prolific as Queen Elizabeth. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything to Know About Queen Elizabeth's 30 Godchildren," 9 Sep. 2018 And, as is common with christenings royal and not, the baby's godparents will be present for the big day. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Aren't Prince Louis' Godparents—Here's Why," 9 July 2018 The palace shared Monday morning prior to the christening that those godparents are Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Mrs. Robert Carter and Lucy Middleton. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Prince Louis Is Officially Christened: See the First Photos," 9 July 2018 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

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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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