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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Today, couples are contributing their own savings to the wedding, the groom's family is pitching in, and other relatives and godparents may offer some financial assistance to cover select details. Myka Meier, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Your Wedding Etiquette Questions Asked & Answered," 31 Oct. 2018 That exclusive guest list includes Louis' six godparents, all close friends and family of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Prince Harry Bought Prince Louis a $10,000 Christening Gift as a Tribute to Princess Diana," 9 July 2018 While most kids get one or two godparents, Prince George gets a whopping seven all thanks to royal family customs. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "10 Prince George Facts That Prove He Is One Adorable Royal," 22 July 2018 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

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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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: a sponsor at baptism

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