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  1. a male godchild.
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Origin of godson

before 900; Middle English; Old English godsunu. See God, son
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Historical Examples of godson

  • I have thought, ever since, that he knew something about my birth, and of my being the prince's godson.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Your kind letter, with your kind remembrance of your godson, came safe.

  • "Some day, perhaps," said M. de Kercadiou vaguely, and swept his godson out.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • I would I were Rothschild, or his son, or his godson, to beg your acceptance of them.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • He told me that the young man is my godson, and he asked me to protect him.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

British Dictionary definitions for godson


  1. a male godchild
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Word Origin and History for godson


"male child one sponsors at baptism," c.1200, from God + son.

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