Meaning of godfather

god•fa•ther

Pronunciation: (god'fä"ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a man who serves as sponsor for a child at baptism.
  2. any male sponsor or guardian.
  3. (often cap.) a powerful leader, esp. of the Mafia.
  4. a person who is regarded as the originator or principal shaper of a movement, school of thought, art form, industry, or the like: the godfather of abstract expressionism.
—v.t.
  1. to act as godfather to; be sponsor or protector for.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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