godfather (plural godfathers)
- A man present at the christening of a baby who promises to help raise the child in a Christian manner; a male godparent who sponsors the baptism of a child.
- A small post which is used in repairing a fence. For instance attached to and supporting an existing broken fence post.
- A mafia leader.
- French: parrain
- German: Pate, Firmpate, Patenonkel, Götti (Swiss, Alemannic), Taufpate, Gevatter, Taufzeuge, Gote (regional), Göd (Austrian, Bavarian), Taufgöd (Austrian), Firmgöd (Austrian)
- Italian: compare godfather of one's child, padrino one's own godfather
- Portuguese: padrinho
- Russian: крёстный оте́ц
- Spanish: padrino
godfather (godfathers, present participle godfathering; past and past participle godfathered)
- (transitive, often, figuratively) To act as godfather or guardian to.