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 (gŏd′pâr′ənt, -păr′-)
A godfather or a godmother.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who stands sponsor to another at baptism
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(ˈgɒdˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær-)

a godfather or godmother.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.godparent - a person who sponsors someone (the godchild) at baptism
godfather - any man who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism
godmother - any woman who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism
sponsor, supporter, patron - someone who supports or champions something
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(god) noun
1. (with capital) the creator and ruler of the world (in the Christian, Jewish etc religions).
2. (feminine ˈgoddess) a supernatural being who is worshipped. the gods of Greece and Rome.
ˈgodly adjective
religious. a godly man/life.
ˈgodliness noun
ˈgodchild, ˈgoddaughter, ˈgodson nouns
a child who has a godparent or godparents.
ˈgodfather, ˈgodmother, ˈgodparent nouns
a person who, at a child's baptism, promises to take an active interest in its welfare.
ˈgodsend noun
a very welcome piece of unexpected good luck. Your cheque was an absolute godsend.
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References in periodicals archive ?
The role of godparent has roots going as far back as the year 800, when a sponsor was identified at baptism who would accept the responsibility of instructing a child in the faith.
"It is as if the essence of the relationship with a godparent and a godchild is gift giving only during Christmas.
Also, I thought, to be a godparent, one should be a paragon of good morals values, and who can offer wise spiritual advice when the couple needs it.
In the introduction and first three chapters, Alfani provides an overview of godparent practice in the history of Christianity, up to the Council of Trent.
Ana Maria's husband, Rogerio, never appeared as a baptismal godparent, and Maria del Carmen's husband, Marcelino, sponsored only two baptisms.
I was surprised to find that the word "gossip" began its life as an early term for a "Godparent".
As a godparent of many children (now mostly adults), I still pray for each of them, weekly.
As of late, Zara Tindall is the only member of the royal family who has also been named as a godparent to Prince William and Middleton's children.
Rod has been able to keep the charity going for so long thanks to a Godparent sponsorship scheme and donations, and now helps about 20,000 kids each year.