god·​par·​ent ˈgäd-ˌper-ənt How to pronounce godparent (audio)
 also  ˈgȯd-
: a sponsor at baptism

Examples of godparent in a Sentence

My aunt and uncle are also my godparents.
Recent Examples on the Web Grosvenor is a godson of Charles, while his mother is a godparent to William. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2023 Lacoste and Princess Stéphanie are Alexandre's godparents. Emy Lacroix, Peoplemag, 5 May 2023 The couple became the godparents of the boy, who became the future folk music superstar Bob Dylan. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 This is when having a godparent would be beneficial. Shellie R. Warren, Parents, 19 Jan. 2024 Regular guests would be Jeff’s godparents Larry Parks (star of The Jolson Story) and Betty Garrett (of All in the Family). Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 10 Dec. 2023 The duke is also a godparent to William and Kate’s son Prince George. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2023 The Vatican recently published a document affirming that transgender individuals can receive baptism and serve as godparents in the church. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, 22 Nov. 2023 The Vatican also said that the children of gay couples, including ones who are adopted or born to surrogate mothers, may be baptized, and that such couples may serve as godparents. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of godparent was in 1693

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“Godparent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godparent. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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god·​par·​ent -ˌpar-ənt How to pronounce godparent (audio)
: a sponsor at baptism

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