Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who sponsors a person at baptism.
  • n. One that has a relationship to another person or to something that is the equivalent of being a baptismal sponsor: the godfather of a new generation of nuclear physicists.
  • n. Slang The leader of an organized crime family.
  • transitive v. To serve as or as if a godfather to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man present at the christening of a baby who promises to help raise the child in a Christian manner; a male godparent who sponsors the baptism of a child.
  • n. A small post which is used in repairing a fence. For instance attached to and supporting an existing broken fence post.
  • n. A mafia leader.
  • v. To act as godfather to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man who becomes sponsor for a child at baptism, and makes himself a surety for its Christian training and instruction. Correlative of godmother.
  • transitive v. To act as godfather to; to take under one's fostering care.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the liturgical churches, a man who at the baptism of a child makes a profession of the Christian faith in its name, and guarantees its religious education; a male sponsor. See sponsor.
  • n. A juryman, as jocularly held to be godfather to the prisoner.
  • To act as godfather to; be sponsor for.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone having a relation analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild
  • n. any man who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism

Etymologies

god +‎ father (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She tried to remember what Effie had said about Luca and if the word godfather played a part in the conversation.

    Georgia’s Kitchen

  • Unless, of course, your fairy godfather is Vlad the Impaler.

    FIRST DATE • by Dave Macpherson

  • He has been referred to as the "godfather" of blogging in the Gulf nation.

    Bahrain Arrests Leading Internet Activist

  • WASHINGTON — Irving Kristol, the writer, editor and publisher known as the godfather of neoconservatism whose youthful radicalism evolved into a historic rejection of communism, liberalism and the counterculture, died Friday.

    Irving Kristol Dead At 89

  • The girl continues playing in the waves, unaware that her godfather is dying behind her.

    Kung Fu Night! Kill Zone

  • WASHINGTON — Irving Kristol, the writer, editor and publisher known as the godfather of neoconservatism whose youthful radicalism evolved into a historic rejection of communism, liberalism and the counterculture, died Friday.

    Irving Kristol Dead At 89

  • Before his stint at General Motors, he shook up design and engineering at Chrysler and became known as the godfather of the outrageous Dodge Viper sports car.

    Maximum Bob returns: GM un-retires Bob Lutz

  • The statement by Harry's godfather is only a reflection of reality; though some Christian critics have expressed the desire, or the demand, that all characters in fantasy be either sweetness and light or else orcs, the desire is not conducive to good storytelling.

    Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • "I was called the godfather of hip-hop culture last millennium, and I was pushed up and honored and moved into a god status," he says.

    The Man Who Invented Hip Hop

  • A subsequent head of this order was Joséphin Péladan 1859-1918, who was also from Toulouse and became what might be termed godfather of the French Rosicrucian societies of that time.

    The Templar Revelation

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