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

Definition of savior

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web McMillan is yet another Southern black victim, and Stevenson is eager to be his savior. Armond White, National Review, "Just Mercy Proves Art Is Not Activism," 24 Jan. 2020 The possessed youth reaches up toward Jesus, his frenzied eyes spinning, unwittingly pointing to his savior in a crazed contrapposto. Max Norman, The New Yorker, "Does “Late Style” Exist?," 13 Jan. 2020 Mayfield appeared to be the new savior in Cleveland after a strong rookie season but has struggled with his accuracy. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Other NFL teams can try, but Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is too rare to be duplicated," 10 Nov. 2019 But like Annie, little orphan Lionel was rescued by an unexpected savior in Frank Minna (Bruce Willis), a streetwise private detective with an eye for diamonds in the rough. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Review: Edward Norton's 'Motherless Brooklyn' is a retro-noir fable for the #MeToo era," 31 Oct. 2019 But like Annie, little orphan Lionel was rescued by an unexpected savior in Frank Minna (Bruce Willis), a streetwise private detective with an eye for diamonds in the rough. Kerry Lengel,, Detroit Free Press, "‘Motherless Brooklyn’ is a noir tale for the #MeToo era," 31 Oct. 2019 After 11 years of futility capped by their worst-ever season, the floundering Green Bay Packers were seeking a savior in 1959. The Si Staff,, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Conditions often prevent them from flying at all, rendering them less of a savior than the public and politicians often believe. New York Times, "3 U.S. Firefighters Die in Plane Crash as Australia’s Blazes Intensify," 23 Jan. 2020 Meet Bite Beauty Agave+ Intensive Lip Mask, the new generation of dry lip savior. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Bite Beauty Reformulated Its Fan-Favorite Lip Mask," 12 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of savior was in the 14th century

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11 Feb 2020

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“Savior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of savior

: someone who saves something or someone from danger, harm, failure, etc.
used by Christians to refer to Jesus Christ


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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