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[god-muhth-er] /ˈgɒdˌmʌð ər/
a woman who serves as sponsor for a child at baptism.
any female sponsor or guardian.
verb (used with object)
to act as godmother to; sponsor.
Origin of godmother
before 1000; Middle English; Old English godmōdor. See God, mother1 Unabridged
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  • One morning, before going to the field, the godmother placed Tom on the floor as usual, and then went out to get Speckle.

    Little Tom V. Tille
  • He was a M. Gerson, and was going to Belgium to take his grandson to his godmother's.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The "charity" my godmother had recommended began, and, alas, remained at home.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • They called her Nana, the pet name for Anna, which was her godmother's name.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • She tried to be polite, and direct her neighbor's hand to it, but the godmother would not hear of that.

    Donald and Dorothy Mary Mapes Dodge
British Dictionary definitions for godmother


a female godparent
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Word Origin and History for godmother

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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