god·​son | \ ˈgäd-ˌsən How to pronounce godson (audio) \

Definition of godson

: a male godchild

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Its points of view are startlingly arresting: an older woman and her young godson in Brownsville, Texas, who become the unlikely heroes in the rescue of a boy who has fled his captors. Rigoberto González, Los Angeles Times, "Migration is a human condition -- for the people of the Americas, movement is propelled by survival," 31 July 2019 One of Gustave’s pupils was almost certainly his brother Achille Arosa’s godson, the future composer Claude Debussy. Michael Dirda, National Review, "The Exhilarating Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner," 25 July 2019 His godson, who crabs down near the Little Choptank River, has been catching more than 40 bushels a day, while crabbers up north have been crabbing 400 to 500 pots just to reach three bushels. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population is doing well heading into the Fourth of July, report says," 3 July 2019 The ever-controversial Brandon Barnes (Debra Antney’s godson) is back and his ways finally catch up to him in an explosive uncovering of the truth. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Angela Simmons Reveals Why She Split With Bow Wow," 27 June 2019 Also surviving are his sister, Lila Grossman, and three godsons – Kenneth (Suzie) Shear, Yonathan (Michal) Shear and Daniel Berger. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018 My sister left for Chicago and has no desire to ever return; I was introduced to my newborn godson over Skype. Erika P. Rodriguez, Smithsonian, "The Slow Recovery in Puerto Rico," 27 June 2018 In a second photo released by the palace, Harry and Meghan are surrounded by their page boys and bridesmaids — many of whom were either related to one of them (Prince George and Princess Charlotte) or who were their godsons and goddaughters. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Subtly Honored Princess Diana in Their Wedding Photos," 21 May 2018 The page boys along with George include Prince Harry's godson, Jasper Dyer, and the twin sons of Jessica Mulroney, Brian and John Mulroney. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's First Photo with Prince George & Princess Charlotte Is Cuteness Overload," 21 May 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of godson

: a male godchild


god·​son | \ ˈgäd-ˌsən How to pronounce godson (audio) \

Kids Definition of godson

: a boy or man for whom another person acts as a sponsor at baptism

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