9 Grammatical Pitfalls
man who sponsors one at baptism, late 12c., from god + father (n.). In the Mafia sense, from 1963. Popularized by Mario Puzo's novel (1969) and the movie based on it (1972).
The chief; highest authority; boss: He was Life's first publisher, the godfather of the radio and film March of Time series
[1970s+; fr the Mafia term, ''head of a Mafia family,'' voguish after a book and a movie]