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Dictionary Definition

godfather

Noun

1 any man who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism
2 someone having a relation analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

god + father

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A man present at the christening of a baby who promises to help raise the child in a Christian manner; a male godparent who sponsors the baptism of a child.
  2. A small post which is used in repairing a fence. For instance attached to and supporting an existing broken fence post.
  3. A mafia leader.

Translations

a male godparent
post used in repairing a fence
mafia leader

Extensive Definition

A godfather is a male godparent, the original meaning from which others arose.
Godfather may refer to:

Honorary title

It may also be bestowed as an honorary title to a pioneer in a particular field, especially in musical genres, as:
godfather in German: Godfather
godfather in Arabic: العرّاب
godfather in French: Godfather
godfather in Italian: Padrino
godfather in Dutch: Boter
godfather in Slovenian: Boter (razločitev)
godfather in Chinese: 教父
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