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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
god•fa•ther /ˈgɑdˌfɑðɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a man who serves as sponsor for a child, such as at a baptism.
  2. the head of a Mafia family;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
god•fa•ther  (godfä′ᵺər),USA pronunciation 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.

  1. to act as godfather to;
    be sponsor or protector for.
godfa′ther•ly, adj. 
  • Middle English godfader, Old English godfæder. See God, father bef. 1000

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

godfather /ˈɡɒdˌfɑːðə/ n
  1. a male godparent
  2. the head of a Mafia family or other organized criminal ring
  3. an originator or leading exponent: the godfather of South African pop

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