• (RP) IPA: /ˈɡɒdmʌðə/

godmother (plural godmothers)

  1. A woman present at the christening of a baby who promises to help raise the child in a Christian manner; a female godparent who sponsors the baptism of a child.
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • French: marraine
  • German: Patin, Patentante, Taufpatin, Gotte (Swiss, Alemannic), Firmgodl (Austrian), Firmpatin, Godel (South German), Godl (Austrian, Bavarian), Gote (regional), Taufgodl (Austrian), Gevatterin
  • Italian: comare godmother of one's child, madrina one's own godmother
  • Portuguese: madrinha reflects the relationship to the baptized child; comadre reflects the relationship to the parents of the baptized child, not to the child
  • Russian: крёстная мать
  • Spanish: madrina, comadre

godmother (godmothers, present participle godmothering; past and past participle godmothered)

  1. (transitive) To act as godmother to.
    • 1909, H. G. Wells, Tono-Bungay
      The servants took to her – as they say – she godmothered three Susans during her rule, the coachman's, the gardener's and the Up Hill gamekeeper's.

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