[ god-chahyld ]
/ ˈgɒdˌtʃaɪld /

noun, plural god·chil·dren.

a child for whom a godparent serves as sponsor at baptism.
a child for whom a godparent serves as sponsor.

Origin of godchild

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at God, child
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/ (ˈɡɒdˌtʃaɪld) /

noun plural -children (-ˌtʃɪldrən)

a person, usually an infant, who is sponsored by adults at baptism
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Word Origin and History for godchild



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

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