Definition of godmother in English:



  • 1A woman who presents a child at baptism and promises to take responsibility for their religious education.

    ‘Miss Weeton was godmother to one of his children’
    • ‘Those friendships have continued: I'm godmother to one of my friend's two children, and our children are friends.’
    • ‘S.O.B. was godmother to both boys and assumed a parental role towards them.’
    • ‘She was a godmother to several children born in the village, and she taught in the Sunday School and she did a great deal.’
    • ‘His sister Tamara is a close friend of mine, and I am the godmother to her daughter, I have a great relationship with all of the Castagnolas.’
    • ‘She jokes that by the age of eight she was already a godmother to many, making promises about what she would send for them when she finally got to America.’
    • ‘And anyway, isn't the role of the godmother to oversee the child's spiritual welfare?’
    • ‘The princess is godmother to their 14-year-old son Peregrine, a pupil at Winchester.’
    • ‘Mary had an excellent relationship with Marguerite de France, who was more than twice her age and godmother to the Dauphin, whom Mary was to marry in 1558.’
    • ‘You can name just one godparent, or two godmothers or godfathers.’
    • ‘On April 17, 1733, she became godmother to a child of a Judge Premont.’
    • ‘‘Walter's wife, Cathy, is the godmother to my second son,’ Andy says in his embracing voice.’
    • ‘I can't remember the last time that you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child.’
    • ‘When Priscilla became pregnant, she asked Sarah to be godmother to her child, Lisa.’
    • ‘According to Guyanese tradition, a female child will have two godmothers and one godfather, and a male child will have two godfathers and one godmother.’
    • ‘Among Kucinich's Hollywood supporters is Shirley MacLaine, an old friend who is godmother to Kucinich's daughter.’
    • ‘She's had two more children since then… and I am godmother to them all.’
    • ‘She is godmother to Robinson's youngest son, Aubrey.’
    • ‘The oldest girl and I are the same age, and she's godmother to my oldest daughter.’
    • ‘Christine always wanted children and so I decided to make her godmother to my second daughter, Grace.’
    • ‘Moreover, Virginia acted as godmother to her ninth and eleventh siblings - but not to the tenth, who had been named after a previously dead infant.’
  • 2A woman who is influential or pioneering in a movement or organization.

    ‘the godmother of the regiment’
    • ‘(She has been called a transcendentalist, a shaman, ‘the godmother of punk’ and a Sufi poet).’
    • ‘The longest, hottest night of the year brought out a crowd probably not unfamiliar with the Sixties heyday of musical protest, and they worshipped at the altar of the godmother of the art, Joan Baez.’
    • ‘At age 83, she continues with us, strong as ever, and even more honored by her beloved community of poets - especially the community of black poets to whom she is a pioneering example and godmother.’
    • ‘Canadian author Naomi Klein, the godmother of the anti-globalisation movement, considers the way marketing handles the protests against corporate power.’
    • ‘Joan Brown's irreverent explorations of the conflicted roles associated with femininity make her seem as well a kind of godmother to contemporary Bad Girl artists such as Karen Kilimnik and Nicole Eisenman.’
    • ‘This was the freest and most fully resolved work I've seen from her, and I'm certain that Farrell's serving as godmother to it is no coincidence.’