God"fa`ther (?), n. [AS. godfaeder. Cf. Gossip.]

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. ).


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God"fa`ther, v. t.

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




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