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[god-chahyld] /ˈgɒdˌtʃaɪld/
noun, plural godchildren.
a child for whom a godparent serves as sponsor at baptism.
a child for whom a godparent serves as sponsor.
Origin of godchild
1175-1225; Middle English; see God, child Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Blanche Farrow's brows knit themselves as she thought of her niece, namesake, and godchild.

    From Out the Vasty Deep Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
  • There was in his manner none of his usual tenderness to his godchild.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • He also kissed the cheeks of tante-gra'mère's godchild and let himself slide down the roof, and the boat was off directly.

    Old Kaskaskia Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • If you are chosen godfather, you are expected to send a silver mug to your godchild.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • Dr. Melton took his godchild by the shoulders and shook her.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • His godchild was hostage to him for its father, and the father did in some trifling way offend him.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • It was the 1st of May—her own month—and the birthday of her youngest son, the godchild and namesake of the great Duke.

    Great Britain and Her Queen Anne E. Keeling
  • They have no children, but he has a godchild to whom he is devoted.

    Major Prophets of To-Day Edwin E. Slosson
  • And yet couldn't we manage to cheer you up a little without taking Jimmy's godchild away from him?

    Deer Godchild Marguerite Bernard and Edith Serrell
British Dictionary definitions for godchild


noun (pl) -children (-ˌtʃɪldrən)
a person, usually an infant, who is sponsored by adults at baptism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for godchild

"child one sponsors at baptism," c.1200, from God + child.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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