gossip (n.)
godparent, baptismal sponsor
CE V.i.406[Abbess to all] Go to a gossips' feast
H8 V.v.12[King Henry to Godparents] My noble gossips
TG III.i.268[Launce alone, of his love] 'tis not a maid, for she hath had gossips [or: talkative women visitors while pregnant]
WT II.iii.41.1[Paulina to Leontes, of why she has come] needful conference / About some gossips for your highness
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