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[god-muhth-er] /ˈgɒdˌmʌð ər/
a woman who serves as sponsor for a child at baptism.
any female sponsor or guardian.
verb (used with object)
to act as godmother to; sponsor.
Origin of godmother
before 1000; Middle English; Old English godmōdor. See God, mother1 Unabridged
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  • I had a godmother who made herself responsible in this way for me.

  • He was a M. Gerson, and was going to Belgium to take his grandson to his godmother's.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • They called her Nana, the pet name for Anna, which was her godmother's name.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Her godmother, who saw her all in tears, asked her what was the matter.

  • I must say, godmother, that you have strange taste in choosing friends.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
British Dictionary definitions for godmother


a female godparent
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Word Origin and History for godmother

woman who sponsors one at baptism, late 13c., from god + mother (n.1). Cf. Old English godmodor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fairy godmother

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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