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godfather

[god-fah-th er] /ˈgɒdˌfɑ ðər/
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 of godfather
1000
before 1000; Middle English godfader, Old English godfæder. See God, father
Related forms
godfatherly, adjective

Godfather, The

[god-fah-th er] /ˈgɒdˌfɑ ðər/
noun
1.
a novel (1969) by Mario Puzo.
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British Dictionary definitions for godfather

godfather

/ˈɡɒdˌfɑːðə/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for godfather
n.

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).

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Slang definitions & phrases for godfather

godfather

noun

The chief; highest authority; boss: He was Life's first publisher, the godfather of the radio and film March of Time series

Related Terms

fairy godfather

[1970s+; fr the Mafia term, ''head of a Mafia family,'' voguish after a book and a movie]


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