a male godchild.

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



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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