god·​son ˈgäd-ˌsən How to pronounce godson (audio)
: a male godchild

Examples of godson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ralph is the son of the King’s godson Edward Tollemache, and Nicholas is the grandson of Sarah Troughton, one of the six Queen’s Companions (a modern take on ladies in waiting) to Queen Camilla, the Daily Mail reported. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 Interestingly enough, Beach willed the Kew Drive dwelling to Bernsen, who was also his godson. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 1 Nov. 2023 Princess Beatrice’s brother-in-law, whose full name is Albemarle Shale, is also the godson of her mother, Sarah Ferguson. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 Jones was in Columbus with his godson Chris Henry Jr., a soon-to-be sophomore wide receiver at Withrow High School, who has all the makings of a player people may view as a five-star recruit and one day maybe even an All-American and first-round pick. Stephen Means, cleveland, 29 July 2023 His godson, Manny Martins, is the women’s soccer coach at Utah State University. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 The pair divorced three months later, though Nicks still maintains a close relationship with her godson, Matthew Anderson, to this day. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 Her godson Ben Wikler, the chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, confirmed her death but did not cite a cause. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2023 Fleischer, 72, died of complications related to interstitial lung disease on April 21 at his Hyde Park home, said Christopher Markiewicz, who was Fleischer’s godson. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 9 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of godson was before the 12th century

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“Godson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godson. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


god·​son -ˌsən How to pronounce godson (audio)
: a male person for whom another person acts as sponsor at baptism

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