godfather
I. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a man who sponsors a person at baptism 2. one having a relation to someone or something analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild: as a. one that founds, supports, or inspires <
made him the godfather of a whole generation of rebels — Times Literary Supplement
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b. the leader of an organized crime syndicate II. transitive verb Date: 1780 to act as godfather to

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Godfather — Godfather, The (1972) a violent US film, in which Marlon Brando appears as the leader of a powerful ↑Mafia family, the Corleone family. Two other films, The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III, were made about the same family. The film… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Godfather — God fa ther, n. [AS. godf[ae]der. Cf. {Gossip}.] A man who becomes sponsor for a child at baptism, and makes himself a surety for its Christian training and instruction. Correlative of {godmother}. [1913 Webster] There shall be for every Male… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Godfather — God fa ther, v. t. To act as godfather to; to take under one s fostering care. [R.] Burke. [1913 Webster] god fear ing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • godfather — man who sponsors one at baptism, late 12c., from GOD (Cf. god) + FATHER (Cf. father). In the Mafia sense, from 1963. Popularized by Mario Puzo s novel (1969) and the movie based on it (1972) …   Etymology dictionary

  • godfather — ► NOUN 1) a male godparent. 2) the male head of an illegal organization, especially a leader of the American Mafia …   English terms dictionary

  • godfather — [gäd′fä΄thər] n. 1. a male godparent 2. a man who acts as an advisor or mentor to someone ☆ 3. [often G ] a) Informal the head of a Mafia family or syndicate b) Slang any person having much influence or authority in some area …   English World dictionary

  • Godfather — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Godfather », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) En anglais, le mot godfather est l… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • godfather — [[t]gɒ̱dfɑːðə(r)[/t]] godfathers 1) N COUNT A godfather is a male godparent. 2) N COUNT A powerful man who is at the head of a criminal organization is sometimes referred to as a godfather. ...the feared godfather of the Mafia. 3) N COUNT: N of n …   English dictionary

  • godfather — UK [ˈɡɒdˌfɑːðə(r)] / US [ˈɡɑdˌfɑðər] noun [countable] Word forms godfather : singular godfather plural godfathers 1) a male godparent 2) informal a man who controls a large criminal organization, especially in the mafia 3) mainly journalism a man …   English dictionary

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