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godfather

  
  ( godfathers    plural  )
1       n-count   A godfather is a male godparent.  
2       n-count   A powerful man who is at the head of a criminal organization is sometimes referred to as a godfather.  
...the feared godfather of the Mafia.     
3       n-count   You can refer to a man who started or developed something such as a style of music as the godfather of that thing.     (JOURNALISM)   N of n  
...the godfather of soul, James Brown.     
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