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 And the names of the godparents typically are made public. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry share royal baby Archie's christening photo," 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, "Who's Who In Meghan Markle's Wimbledon Crew," 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, "The New Royal Baby's Godparents, Nanny, Title, and Everything Else We Know," 6 May 2019 But one question still remains: who will serve as the child's godparents? Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Will Serve as Godparents to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby?," 21 Jan. 2019 Even some of the godparents of the screen-wary movement are coming around. Lara Takenaga, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Masks, Wildlife Safari: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing," 31 Mar. 2020 In Filipino weddings, each couple has a set of godparents to carry out the veil, cord and coin traditions. NBC News, "I learned how to navigate grief while celebrating a big life event," 18 Jan. 2020 So far, the bus company has received more than 750 requests, to send messages like kisses blown or requests to become a godparent. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "This Bus in Brussels Is Playing Customized Messages Around Town to Make Locals Smile," 23 Apr. 2020 Royal christenings are typically private, with only close family, friends and godparents in attendance. Conchita Margaret Widjojo, PEOPLE.com, "See Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's 10 Best Posts from Their Now-Shuttered Instagram Account," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of godparent

1693, in the meaning defined above

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“Godparent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godparent. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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