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

  • n. A woman 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 godmother to a new generation of physicians.
  • transitive v. To serve as or as if a godmother to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman present at the christening of a baby who promises to help raise the child in a Christian manner; a female godparent who sponsors the baptism of a child.
  • v. To act as godmother to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who becomes sponsor for a child in baptism. See godfather

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who becomes sponsor for a child in baptism. See godfather, 1.

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

  • n. any woman who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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