god·fa·ther

god·fa·ther
/ˈgɑːdˌfɑːðɚ/ noun, pl -thers [count]
1 : a man who is a godparent

Her uncle is her godfather.

2 a : a man who invents or begins something

Many people regard him as the godfather of rock and roll.

2 b usually Godfather : the leader of a group of criminals who belong to a secret criminal organization (such as the Mafia)

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  • god|fa|ther — «GOD FAH thuhr», noun, verb. –n. 1. a man who sponsors a child when it is baptized. The godfather promises to help the child to be a good Christian. 2. U.S. Slang. the head of one of the units or families of the Mafia or Cosa Nostra. –v.t. to act …   Useful english dictionary

  • All-fa|ther — «L FAH thuhr», noun. 1. the Father of all; God. 2. the chief god in a religion having a number of gods, as Zeus, Jupiter, or Odin …   Useful english dictionary

  • Father in God — Father Fa ther (f[aum] [th][ e]r), n. [OE. fader, AS. f[ae]der; akin to OS. fadar, D. vader, OHG. fatar, G. vater, Icel. fa[eth]ir Sw. & Dan. fader, OIr. athir, L. pater, Gr. path r, Skr. pitr, perh. fr. Skr. p[=a] protect. [root]75, 247. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Most Reverend Father in God — Father Fa ther (f[aum] [th][ e]r), n. [OE. fader, AS. f[ae]der; akin to OS. fadar, D. vader, OHG. fatar, G. vater, Icel. fa[eth]ir Sw. & Dan. fader, OIr. athir, L. pater, Gr. path r, Skr. pitr, perh. fr. Skr. p[=a] protect. [root]75, 247. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • godfather — god|fa|ther sb., en, s, ne …   Dansk ordbog

  • godfather — god•fa•ther [[t]ˈgɒdˌfɑ ðər[/t]] n. 1) a man who serves as sponsor for a child, as at a baptism 2) the head of a Mafia family; don • Etymology: bef. 1000; (def. 6) 1960–65, trans. of It padrino god′fa ther•ly, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • godfather — god|fa|ther [ˈgɔdˌfa:ðə US ˈga:dˌfa:ðər] n 1.) a male ↑godparent 2.) informal the head of a criminal organization such as the ↑mafia 3.) the godfather of sth someone who began or developed something such as a type of music ▪ Afrika Bambaataa, the …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • godfather — god|fa|ther [ gad,faðər ] noun count 1. ) a male GODPARENT 2. ) INFORMAL a man who controls a large criminal organization, especially in the MAFIA 3. ) MAINLY JOURNALISM a man who has had a very strong influence in creating something: Mick Jagger …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Godfather — God fa ther, v. t. To act as godfather to; to take under one s fostering care. [R.] Burke. [1913 Webster] god fear ing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a good beginning makes a good ending — c 1300 South English Legendary (EETS) I. 216 This was atte uerste me thingth [it seems to me] a god bygynnynge. Ther after was the betere hope to come to god endynge. c 1350 Douce MS 52 no. 122 Of a gode begynnyng comyth a gode endyng. 1710 S.… …   Proverbs new dictionary

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