god·par·ent | \ˈgäd-ˌper-ənt also ˈgȯd- \

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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She was followed by her parents and brother, and by some of the godparents and their spouses. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Louis' christening: Pippa, godparents arrive to honor third royal baby," 9 July 2018 Plus, Prince Louis' godparents and their spouses are also in attendance. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Five Cambridges Appeared Together for the First Time at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 During the ceremony, his seven godparents were also named, including Prince William’s cousin Zara Tindall and many of their closest friends. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Fascinating History of Prince Louis's Christening Dress," 9 July 2018 Along with the godparents and their spouses, the exclusive list included the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Michael, Carole, Pippa, and James Middleton. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Christening Quiz You Have to Take Before Prince Louis's Baptism," 8 July 2018 Prince George has seven godparents and Princess Charlotte has five. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's Why Meghan Markle Probably Won't Be Prince Louis' Godmother," 23 June 2018 Besides the immediate family and siblings, the royals were also joined for the ceremony by the young Prince Louis’s six godparents. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Prince Louis Is Officially Christened: See the First Photos," 9 July 2018 For example, one of Prince Charles's eight godparents included his paternal grandfather King George VI. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Prince William and Kate Middleton Picked Prince Louis's Godparents," 9 July 2018 Surrounding the child were his six godparents, which include Prince William’s close confidantes Guy Pelly and Nicholas van Cutsem as well as Kate’s cousin Lucy Middleton. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See the First Photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Children All Together," 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


god·par·ent | \ˈgäd-ˌper-ənt \

Kids Definition of godparent

: a sponsor at baptism

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