a female godchild.

Origin of goddaughter

before 1050; Middle English; Old English goddohtor. See God, daughter
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Historical Examples of goddaughter

  • Her goddaughter, daughter of the friend to whom years ago she described Tommy, was with her.

  • Richie smiled at his goddaughter, who was in her mother's arms.

  • Even her goddaughter was slightly surprised, well as she knew her.

    The Red City

    S. Weir Mitchell

  • As your goddaughter is out, my good woman, I can state my business with you very plainly.

  • No, but Julien does; she is the goddaughter of his father, and they are good friends together.

    The Deputy of Arcis

    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for goddaughter



a female godchild
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Word Origin and History for goddaughter

girl one sponsors at her baptism, mid-13c., from god + daughter.

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