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.

Origin of godmother

before 1000; Middle English; Old English godmōdor. See God, mother1
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Related Words for godmother

elder, patroness

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Historical Examples of godmother

  • I had a godmother who made herself responsible in this way for me.

  • He was a M. Gerson, and was going to Belgium to take his grandson to his godmother's.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • They called her Nana, the pet name for Anna, which was her godmother's name.


    Emile Zola

  • Her godmother, who saw her all in tears, asked her what was the matter.

  • I must say, Godmother, that you have strange taste in choosing friends.

    Prince Vance

    Eleanor Putnam

British Dictionary definitions for godmother



a female godparent
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Word Origin and History for godmother

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

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