godmother

[god-muhth-er]

noun

a woman who serves as sponsor for a child at baptism.
any female sponsor or guardian.

verb (used with object)

to act as godmother to; sponsor.

Nearby words

  1. godlessly,
  2. godlike,
  3. godliness,
  4. godling,
  5. godly,
  6. godolias,
  7. godolphin,
  8. godown,
  9. godowsky,
  10. godoy

Origin of godmother

before 1000; Middle English; Old English godmōdor. See God, mother1

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British Dictionary definitions for godmother

godmother

noun

a female godparent
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Word Origin and History for godmother

godmother

n.

woman who sponsors one at baptism, late 13c., from god + mother (n.1). Cf. Old English godmodor.

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