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

Definition of godson

: a male godchild

Examples of godson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My son and godson wanted to do more than just use technology to make work easier. Tom Puthiyamadam, Quartz at Work, "What my 10-year-old taught me about industry innovation," 18 Sep. 2019 Speaking of godparents, Harry Hadden-Patten (fans will recognize him as Edith's husband, Bertie Pelham, the new Marquess of Hexham) is Sarah Ferguson's godson. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Royal Family's Many Connections to Downton Abbey," 8 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of godson

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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