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godchild

[god-chahyld] /ˈgɒdˌtʃaɪld/
noun, plural godchildren.
1.
a child for whom a godparent serves as sponsor at baptism.
2.
a child for whom a godparent serves as sponsor.
Origin of godchild
1175-1225
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at God, child
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  • I am glad that you are pleased at having Cora for your godchild.

    Peak's Island Ford Paul
  • There was in his manner none of his usual tenderness to his godchild.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • Dr. Melton took his godchild by the shoulders and shook her.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • If you are chosen godfather, you are expected to send a silver mug to your godchild.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • "I am the godchild of the Duc de Dantzic," she said to Ida, with emphasis.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • "I want you to make me into a princess," said his godchild, promptly.

  • His godchild was hostage to him for its father, and the father did in some trifling way offend him.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • There were two babies now; and she and Anton had a godchild apiece.

  • They have no children, but he has a godchild to whom he is devoted.

    Major Prophets of To-Day Edwin E. Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for godchild

godchild

/ˈɡɒdˌtʃaɪld/
noun (pl) -children (-ˌtʃɪldrən)
1.
a person, usually an infant, who is sponsored by adults at baptism
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Word Origin and History for godchild
n.

"child one sponsors at baptism," c.1200, from God + child.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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