[ god-fah-th er ]
/ ˈgɒdˌfɑ ðər /


a man who serves as sponsor for a child at baptism.
any male sponsor or guardian.
(often initial capital letter) a powerful leader, especially of the Mafia.
a person who is regarded as the originator or principal shaper of a movement, school of thought, art form, industry, or the like: the godfather of abstract expressionism.

verb (used with object)

to act as godfather to; be sponsor or protector for.

Origin of godfather

before 1000; Middle English godfader, Old English godfæder. See God, father


god·fa·ther·ly, adjective

Definition for godfather (2 of 2)

Godfather, The
[ god-fah-th er ]
/ ˈgɒdˌfɑ ðər /


a novel (1969) by Mario Puzo.
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British Dictionary definitions for godfather

/ (ˈɡɒdˌfɑːðə) /


a male godparent
the head of a Mafia family or other organized criminal ring
an originator or leading exponentthe godfather of South African pop
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