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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  • 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.


    Alphonse Daudet

British Dictionary definitions for godchild


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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