from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A godfather or a godmother.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A godfather or a godmother.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The person who stood for a child during a naming ceremony or baptism
  • noun A godfather or godmother
  • noun One who cares for a child if untimely demise is met by the parents

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who sponsors someone (the godchild) at baptism


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  • An atheist can be a wonderful influence in a child's life, but being a godparent is to be a representative of the religious community and an example of godly living which is why they should be baptised and preferably confirmed, in addition to supporting them socially.

    I'm an atheist. Is that a problem? 2011

  • Any children born as a result were regarded as divine or as saints - a custom with worldwide parallels English surnames such as Goodman, Jackson or Robinson perhaps derive from similar sacred unions with god in the form of Green Men characters such as Jack o'the Green or Robin Greenwood; I would also suggest that the original sense of 'godparent' and 'godchild' has similar origins.

    Archive 2008-03-01 Jan 2008

  • That said, some folks use "godparent" to mean "Care for my kids if something should happen to us" but that's something a lawyer will have to write up.

    "BANPC" via James Bow in Google Reader 2010

  • Being a godparent is a huge honour - it's basically being trusted with the most precious thing in your friends 'lives. " news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph 2010

  • In most cases, there is an implied understanding that being a godparent is no light undertaking and there is much more involved – even if the parents are not sure of what.

    I'm an atheist. Is that a problem? 2011

  • I wouldn't be the first non-believing godparent, nor the last.

    I'm an atheist. Is that a problem? 2011

  • Maybe you could become a highly involved godparent or co-parent to others' kids -- much of the fun, fewer of the diapers.

    Lisa Hymas: 8 Things You Can Do About Population Lisa Hymas 2011

  • In my cousin's case, she omitted to tell the vicar there was a third godparent, and in my friend's case, she plans to ask the vicar to allow for the fact that there's an atheist in the mix.

    I'm an atheist. Is that a problem? 2011

  • Though thats probably not a biggie, in the event they died the kid would be pretty well look after at least with regaurds to money, and Im sure Elton and Furnish have a godparent already selected...

    Three cheers for Elton, say I 2011

  • Last week, I spent a few days in Connecticut with my father and saw quite a few of my relatives -- both blood and "kinda" relatives, meaning they are either "koumbadi" (sharing a "godparent" relationship with my family) or we grew up calling them Thea and Theo (Aunt and Uncle).

    Cynthia Kounaris: Greeks, Diners And American Entrepreneurs Cynthia Kounaris 2011


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