god·​par·​ent ˈgäd-ˌper-ənt How to pronounce godparent (audio)
 also  ˈgȯd-
: a sponsor at baptism

Example Sentences

My aunt and uncle are also my godparents.
Recent Examples on the Web In July 2017, the proud godparent shared a video of Wilder and brother Rocco giving him an adorable message. Brooke Showell, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2023 In April 2021, Tyler documented an adorable moment between Lula and Sailor with their godparent, David Beckham. Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2023 Her fairy godparent is played by Billy Porter in a bedazzled collar that rivals his red carpet appearances. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 1 July 2021 Depp, a godparent to the couple's children, was often caught in the middle of Burton and Bonham Carter's creative spats on set. Emily Krauser, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2022 PlantMom, these succulent pots are the best godparent gift. Annie O'sullivan, Woman's Day, 1 Dec. 2022 Brooke is the daughter of one of the late queen's former ladies-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, who was with Queen Elizabeth for six decades and is also a godparent to Prince William, the Prince of Wales. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2022 The role of godparent is sometimes tenuous, as relationships wax and wane over the years. Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune, 8 Nov. 2022 The role of godparent is sometimes tenuous, as relationships wax and wane over the years. Ask Amy, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of godparent was in 1693

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“Godparent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godparent. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


god·​par·​ent -ˌpar-ənt How to pronounce godparent (audio)
: a sponsor at baptism

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