[ god-fah-ther ]
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  1. a man who serves as sponsor for a child at baptism.

  2. any male sponsor or guardian.

  1. (often initial capital letter) a powerful leader, especially of the Mafia.

  2. 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)
  1. to act as godfather to; be sponsor or protector for.

Origin of godfather

before 1000; Middle English godfader,Old English godfæder;see origin at god, father

Other words from godfather

  • god·fa·ther·ly, adjective

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How to use godfather in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for godfather


/ (ˈɡɒdˌfɑːðə) /

  1. a male godparent

  2. the head of a Mafia family or other organized criminal ring

  1. an originator or leading exponent: the godfather of South African pop

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