god-father

godfather

[god-fah-ther]
noun
1.
a man who serves as sponsor for a child at baptism.
2.
any male sponsor or guardian.
3.
(often initial capital letter) a powerful leader, especially of the Mafia.
4.
a person who is regarded as the originator or principal shaper of a movement, school of thought, art form, industry, or the like: the godfather of abstract expressionism.
verb (used with object)
5.
to act as godfather to; be sponsor or protector for.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English godfader, Old English godfæder. See God, father

godfatherly, adjective
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Godfather, The

[god-fah-ther]
noun
a novel (1969) by Mario Puzo.
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godfather (ˈɡɒdˌfɑːðə)
 
n
1.  a male godparent
2.  the head of a Mafia family or other organized criminal ring
3.  an originator or leading exponent: the godfather of South African pop

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