Godfather definition

gŏdfäthər
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A man who acts as an advisor or mentor to someone.
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A male godparent.
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(slang) The leader of an organized crime family.
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To serve as or as if a godfather to.
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(slang) Any person having much influence or authority in some area.
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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.
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A man who sponsors a person at baptism.
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(informal) The head of a Mafia family or syndicate.
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A small post which is used in repairing a fence. For instance attached to and supporting an existing broken fence post.
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A mafia leader.
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(often figuratively) To act as godfather to.
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One that has a relationship to another person or to something that is the equivalent of being a baptismal sponsor.

The godfather of a new generation of nuclear physicists.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
godfather
Plural:
godfathers

Origin of godfather

  • From Middle English godfader, from Old English godfæder (“godfather”), equivalent to god +‎ father. Cognate with Old Saxon godfader (“godfather”), Middle Dutch godvader (“godfather”), Danish gudfader, gudfar (“godfather”), Swedish gudfader, gudfar (“godfather”), Icelandic guðfaðir (“godfather”).

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