Etymology
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godfather (n.)

man who sponsors one at baptism and guarantees the child's religious education, late 12c., from God + father (n.), modifying or replacing Old English godfaeder. In the Mafia sense from 1963 in English; popularized by Mario Puzo's novel (1969) and the movie based on it (1972).

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Definitions of godfather

godfather (n.)
any man who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism;
godfather (n.)
someone having a relation analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild;
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