sav·​ior | \ ˈsāv-yər How to pronounce savior (audio) also -ˌyȯr \
variants: or saviour

Definition of savior

1 : one that saves from danger or destruction
2 : one who brings salvation specifically, capitalized : jesus sense 1

Examples of savior in a Sentence

We all felt that she was our savior. the policeman proved to be our savior, arriving on the scene just as we were about to be mugged
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First Known Use of savior

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for savior

Middle English saveour, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin salvator, from salvare to save

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2 May 2022

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“Savior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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variants: or saviour \ ˈsāv-​yər \

Kids Definition of savior

1 : a person who saves someone or something from danger or harm
2 capitalized : jesus christ

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