From Old French marrene, from a Vulgar Latin root *matrīna (with a later suffix change to -ana in transitioning to Old French), from Latin māter. Compare Italian and Spanish madrina, Occitan mairina, Portuguese madrinha.
marraine f (plural marraines)
- godmother (woman present at the christening of a baby who promises to help raise the child in a Christian manner)
- “marraine” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).