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godmother

[god-muhth-er] /ˈgɒdˌmʌð ər/
noun
1.
a woman who serves as sponsor for a child at baptism.
2.
any female sponsor or guardian.
verb (used with object)
3.
to act as godmother to; sponsor.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English godmōdor. See God, mother1
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British Dictionary definitions for godmother

godmother

/ˈɡɒdˌmʌðə/
noun
1.
a female godparent
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Word Origin and History for godmother
n.

woman who sponsors one at baptism, late 13c., from god + mother (n.1). Cf. Old English godmodor.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for godmother

godfather

one who stands surety for another in the rite of Christian baptism. In the modern baptism of an infant or child the godparent or godparents make profession of faith for the person being baptized (the godchild) and assume an obligation to serve as proxies for the parents if the parents either are unable or neglect to provide for the religious training of the child, in fulfillment of baptismal promises. In churches mandating a sponsor only one godparent is required; two (in most churches, of different sex) are permitted. Many Protestant denominations permit but do not require godparents to join the infant's natural parents as sponsors. In the Roman Catholic Church godparents must be of the Catholic faith.

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