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What does godmother mean?
A godmother is a woman who’s a godparent—a person who has pledged to help with the upbringing of a child, especially in a religious way.
In some denominations of Christianity, when a child is baptized, they are sponsored by (usually two) adults who pledge to help in this way. Those adults are the child’s godparents, and the child is their godchild.
Godparents are often related to their godchildren (an aunt might be her nephew’s godmother, for example), but they don’t need to be.
Godparents also often pledge to become the godchild’s guardian if needed (in the event that the child’s parents die).
These terms are all sometimes applied outside of a religious context—parents may choose close relatives or friends to act as godparents for their children without any religious aspect to the relationship.
The word godmother is also sometimes used in a more general way to refer to a woman, especially one who’s older, who serves as a person’s mentor, protector, or simply someone who shows them kindness. The term fairy godmother is used in this way.
Godmother can also be used in a somewhat figurative way to refer to a woman who’s considered the originator or main guiding force of a movement, school of thought, art form, or industry.
Example: Joann is a wonderful godmother and spoils all of her godchildren.
Where does godmother come from?
The first records of the word godmother come from before 1000 (the word godfather is first recorded around the same time; godparent is first recorded much later, around 1700). Even though the word God is usually capitalized in the context of Christianity, it’s spelled lowercase in some general terms, such as godliness.
In some Christian denominations, people officially become godparents to their godchild at the child’s baptism by making specific pledges to assist with their religious upbringing. Some parents, though, choose godparents for their child simply by asking them to have a special presence in their godchild’s life (and often to act as the child’s guardians if something should happen to them). This may or may not involve a religious aspect.
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- godmotherly (adjective)
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The word godmother is especially associated with the relationship that’s made official during the Christian ceremony of baptism, but it’s also often used in a general or figurative way that’s not related to religion.
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— Jo Malone CBE (@JoMaloneCBE) July 19, 2020
I’m a godmother! What do you call your godmother? I need something cute.
— Public Defendering (@fodderyfodder) August 19, 2020
— Lauren Larson (@lrnlrsn) August 19, 2020
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She is widely recognized as the godmother of this movement.
Example sentences from the Web for godmother
The boy had been back at the playground with his godmother early Sunday evening when he decided he wanted an ice.
The monster was still beyond imagining when Prince, known as P.J., told his godmother that he wanted an Italian ice.
Singled out for opprobrium was the planned exhibit on Margaret Sanger, birth-control crusader and godmother of Planned Parenthood.
A former legislative director of Ohio Right to Life, Porter is in many ways the godmother of the heartbeat movement.Janet Folger Porter, Abortion Warrior, on Her Heartbeat Crusade|Michelle Cottle|July 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I'll be the cool, hip aunt to my sibling's kids, or godmother to friend's kids.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories|Harry Siegel|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The godmother's greatest gift, I should say, though the fable lays little stress on it, was a capacity for unalloyed delight.The Real Adventure|Henry Kitchell Webster
You think Im happy because the money my godmother left me enabled me to marry the man of my choice, a man who was well off.Three Plays by Brieux|Eugne Brieux
His godmother helped him out of many difficulties for there was never such a wise old woman.The Little Lame Prince|Dinah Maria Mulock
She had never disobeyed her nurse or godmother, and had therefore never been reproved.Old French Fairy Tales|Comtesse de Sgur
My godmother has beaten me a good deal, and I ran away from home.The Grandee|Armando Palacio Valds