godparent
noun Date: 1865 a sponsor at baptism

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • godparent — ► NOUN ▪ a person who presents a child at baptism and promises to take responsibility for their religious education …   English terms dictionary

  • godparent — [gäd′per΄ənt, gäd′par΄ənt] n. a person who sponsors a child, as at baptism, and, traditionally, assumes responsibility for the child s faith; godmother or godfather …   English World dictionary

  • Godparent — A godparent, in many denominations of Christianity, is someone who sponsors a child s baptism. Judaism has this equivalent in the circumcision ceremony. A male godparent is a godfather and a female godparent is a godmother. The child is a… …   Wikipedia

  • godparent — UK [ˈɡɒdˌpeərənt] / US [ˈɡɑdˌperənt] noun [countable] Word forms godparent : singular godparent plural godparents an adult who promises during the Christian ceremony of baptism to give a child support and religious education. A male godparent is… …   English dictionary

  • godparent — /god pair euhnt, par /, n. a godfather or godmother. [1860 65; GOD + PARENT] * * * ▪ Christianity formally  sponsor (from Latin spondere, “to promise”) , masculine  godfather , feminine  godmother        one who stands surety for another in the… …   Universalium

  • godparent — god|par|ent [ gad,perənt ] noun count an adult who promises during the Christian ceremony of baptism to give a child support and religious education. A male godparent is called a godfather and a female godparent is called a godmother …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • godparent — [[t]gɒ̱dpeərənt[/t]] godparents N COUNT: usu with poss In the Christian religion, if you are the godparent of a younger person, you promise to help bring them up in the Christian faith …   English dictionary

  • godparent —    This word refers to a person who agrees to provide assistance and good example to a person who is going to receive the sacrament of Baptism. A godparent of those baptized as infants agrees to help raise the child as a Christian and to provide… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • godparent — noun a) The person who stood for a child during a naming ceremony or baptism b) A godfather or godmother …   Wiktionary

  • godparent — god|pa|rent [ˈgɔdˌpeərənt US ˈga:dˌper ] n someone who promises at a ↑baptism ceremony to help a child, and to teach him or her Christian values …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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