A man who becomes sponsor for a child at baptism, and makes himself a surety for its Christian training and instruction. "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." (Book of Common Prayer (Prot. Episc. Ch, U. S))

Origin: AS. Godfaeder. Cf. Gossip.

To act as godfather to; to take under one's fostering care.

(01 Mar 1998)

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