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

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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 Insulated from the consequences of his actions, Musk is free to use valuable environmental credits to play the Bitcoin savior. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Tesla’s Bitcoin Buy Is a Reckless, Destructive Troll," 8 Feb. 2021 To her patients, however, Spady is indeed something of a savior. Andrew Canulette | Staff Writer,, "Dr. Malik Spady: Making most of her opportunity to help patients in need," 2 Feb. 2021 To be the No. 1 pick and to be anointed the franchise savior, there aren’t many players in this league capable of turning a situation like that around. Rusty Simmons,, "Andrew Wiggins evolving from ‘Least Defensive Player’ to Warriors’ go-to stopper," 10 Jan. 2021 Woods’s father, Earl, had big ambitions for his son — not just as a golfer but as a savior of mankind and a healer of nations on a par with Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. Peter Keough,, "In Focus: On HBO, the rise and fall — and return — of Tiger Woods," 7 Jan. 2021 The company was just emerging from bankruptcy, and thousands of workers at its home base in Kannapolis, N.C., viewed Mr. Perdue as a potential savior, according to Scott Shimizu, a former executive vice president. New York Times, "Before Embracing America-First Agenda, David Perdue Was an Outsourcing Expert," 1 Jan. 2021 Though Cohen had an insider trading scandal in his background, he was ultimately approved by MLB owners and New York Mayor Bill DiBlasio and has been greeted as a savior by Mets fans, long frustrated by the Wilpons’ stewardship. Dom Amore,, "Connecticut sports amid pandemic in 2020: UConn men make resurgence, Paige Bueckers makes splash, Yard Goats survive, Sun set in semifinals, high school sports on hold," 31 Dec. 2020 It’s the latest flare-up over curbside dining pods that have become both a dining-industry savior and a lightning rod for criticism. Nora Mishanec,, "An S.F. bar says it was vandalized. A homelessness expert cries foul," 22 Dec. 2020 Enter a mysterious man (Skarsgard) who could be Lloyd's savior or his damnation. James Hibberd,, "The Stand exclusive clip: Watch Randall Flagg’s riveting first scene," 16 Dec. 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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19 Feb 2021

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“Savior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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