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 Scripture readings were provided by Jim Reilly, clerk of the circuit court for Harford County and another long-time friend of the senator’s, and by Joe Norman, the senator’s godson and nephew. The Aegis, "Harford County and Maryland say farewell to Sen. Wayne Norman," 10 Mar. 2018 Barrett is the son of former stuntman Stan Barrett and the godson of the late Paul Newman. Washington Post, "Swedish driver Ericsson lands hot chocolate company sponsor," 14 Jan. 2020 Luce died in a senior care facility in Green Valley, Arizona, after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, his godson, Grant Hayter-Menzies, told The Hollywood Reporter. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "William Luce, 'Belle of Amherst' and 'Barrymore' Playwright, Dies at 88," 10 Dec. 2019 She was predeceased by her sisters Mary-Jane Jackson and Patricia Dalglish, and her godson Michael Umba. courant.com, "Elizabeth P. Ellsworth," 1 Dec. 2019 Notably, Tom is not only Prince Charles's stepson, but also his godson. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Camilla's First Husband, Andrew Parker Bowles?," 23 Nov. 2019 Emon Hassan for The New York Times Gail Henderson was still reeling from the death of her beloved Shih Tzu, Majesty, last year when her godson announced that he was engaged. Elisha Brown, New York Times, "She Was on the Verge of Homelessness. With Help, She Found Her Way.," 4 Nov. 2019 An all-star lineup of nine cellists (including Casals’ godson and NEC string chair Lluís Claret, and BSO principal Blaise Déjardin) performs music from Casals’ Boston debut, at Union United Methodist Church (Oct. 18). Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s 15 must-see classical music groups for fall," 5 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of godson

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Godson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godson. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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