sav·​ior ˈsāv-yər How to pronounce savior (audio)
 also  -ˌyȯr
variants or saviour
: one that saves from danger or destruction
: one who brings salvation
specifically, Savior : 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Savior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or saviour
: one that saves from danger or destruction
especially, capitalized : messiah sense 1b

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