Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To act as godfather to; be sponsor for.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A juryman, as jocularly held to be godfather to the prisoner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 verb rare To act as godfather to; to take under one's fostering care.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A small post which is used in repairing a fence. For instance attached to and supporting an existing broken fence post.
  • noun A mafia leader.
  • verb transitive To act as godfather to.

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

god +‎ father

Examples

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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