godmother

godmother

[god-muhth-er]
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:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English godmōdor. See God, mother1

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godmother (ˈɡɒdˌmʌðə)
 
n
a female godparent

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godmother

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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