godfather

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n godfather someone having a relation analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild
    • n godfather any man who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When an orange is shown in any of the "Godfather" movies, this means that someone is about to die or a close call is to occur.
    • n Godfather A man who becomes sponsor for a child at baptism, and makes himself a surety for its Christian training and instruction. Correlative of godmother. "There shall be for every Male-child to be baptized, when they can be had, two Godfathers and one Godmother; and for every Female, one Godfather and two Godmothers; and Parents shall be admitted as Sponsors, if it is desired."
    • v. t Godfather To act as godfather to; to take under one's fostering care.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mario Puzo wrote "The Godfather."
    • n godfather In the liturgical churches, a man who at the baptism of a child makes a profession of the Christian faith in its name, and guarantees its religious education; a male sponsor. See sponsor.
    • n godfather A juryman, as jocularly held to be godfather to the prisoner.
    • godfather To act as godfather to; be sponsor for.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman is considered to be the godfather of the modern vaccine era. Having created nearly three dozen vaccines - more than any other scientist, Hilleman is also credited with saving more lives than any other scientist. Probably best known for his preventive vaccine for mumps, Hilleman has also developed vaccines for measles, rubella, chicken pox, bacterial meningitis, flu and hepatitis B.
    • Godfather the persons who, at baptism, guarantee a child's religious education
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. godfæder,. Cf. Gossip
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. god; Ger. gott, Goth. guth, Dut. god; all from a Teut. root gutha, God, and quite distinct from good.

Usage

In literature:

But if the first heir of my invention prove deformed, I shall be sorry it had so noble a godfather.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
But for the matter in hand, will you be godfather to the person now to be received into the ark?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
Thy old godfather brings thee sugarplums, strokes thy pale cheeks, and tells thee thou must be a statesman in thy native land.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, October, 1864" by Various
One day Death came to Godfather Misery, and wanted to carry him off.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Your godfather is waiting here in the hall to know if you'll see him.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
The godmothers, dressed in white as on baptismal ceremonies, and the godfathers in court suits, stood on each side.
"Valerie" by Frederick Marryat
The Bishop is related to me on my mother's side, and furthermore he is my godfather.
"Peter the Priest" by Mór Jókai
But I am sure my godfather will urge more delay now, because of Dino's death.
"Romola" by George Eliot
Vainlove, I have been a kind of a godfather to you yonder.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
You don't often get two godfathers travelling by the same train.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
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In poetry:

Thy godfather is he,
Earth's Pope,--he hails thee, child!
Passing, armed men you see
Like unarmed women, mild.
"On Hearing The Princess Royal Sing" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

'The Godfather ': An offer many helmers could refuse.
Steve Nash love grapes in 'The Godfather '.
Godfather of Global Green Thinking Steps Out of Shadows at Rio+20.
Usaopoly has put a twist on the classic Monopoly with the Godfather Edition, now available in specialty stores throughout North America.
The godfather of the Arab Spring.
Ed Baig in a screen shot from the aptly named Yoostar, which lets you play opposite Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather' or Marilyn Monroe in 'Some Like It Hot,' among other scenes.
'Hatfields & McCoys' is a hill country 'Godfather'.
And while the reference is to the "Godfather 3", this playful parody invokes a more modern gangster series.
Mick Jagger will co-produce a biopic on the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown, according to Deadline.com.
'godfather of R&B' best known for 'Willie and the Hand Jive '.
Of her next broadcast, DJ Darla Bea writes: This week we celebrate the 67th Birthday of the 'Godfather of Grunge' – NEIL YOUNG.
Chances are your last good Utah dinner was actually just one degree of separation away from the godfather of Utah cuisine.
San Antonio godfather of the Tea Party enjoying the last laugh .
'Last Godfather' looks for last laugh .
He was dubbed 'godfather of world music' by George Harrison.
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