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.
Recent Examples on the Web However, royal correspondent at , Roya Nikkhah, has confirmed three of the people chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to be godparents to their son. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's Godparents Were a Closely Guarded Secret," 19 Jan. 2020 The proud mom and wife announced last week that longtime friends Eva Longoria, 44, and Marc Anthony, 51, are the godparents to her youngest children Cruz and Harper. Darlene Aderoju, PEOPLE.com, "Victoria and David Beckham Gift Children Adorable 'New Family Member' Puppy for Christmas," 27 Dec. 2019 Baptisms may be celebrated but only with the parents, godparents, and one cleric present. al, "Mobile’s Catholic archbishop calls halt to services," 17 Mar. 2020 Initially it was suggested that the public would be able to find out the names of Archie’s godparents anyway via something called the Parochial Registers and Records Measure of 1978. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Chose Not Announce Archie's Godparents Publicly," 6 July 2019 The star previously told the story of trying to enlist William as a godparent at a Windsor Castle charity dinner in 2014. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Helena Bonham Carter Drunkenly Asked Prince William to Be Her Daughter's Godfather," 28 Nov. 2019 Her godparents said Irons was wrongly convicted when at 16 he was arrested and charged in a burglary and shooting at a home near St. Louis. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "WNBA star Maya Moore to sit out season and Olympics as she advocates for inmate's release," 23 Jan. 2020 The athlete's godparents had met Irons through a ministry outreach program and wanted Moore to meet him. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "WNBA star Maya Moore to sit out season and Olympics as she advocates for inmate's release," 23 Jan. 2020 Pool/Samir HusseinGetty Images Here's some sweet news to start your Monday: The godparents of baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor have been revealed, and two of them are closely linked to Prince Harry's childhood. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Chose Harry’s Childhood Nanny, Tiggy Pettifer, As Archie’s Godmother," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of godparent

1693, in the meaning defined above

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3 Apr 2020

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“Godparent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godparent. Accessed 9 Apr. 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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