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

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In this difficult search, social media became my savior. Carmella De Los Angeles Guiol, SELF, "I Gave Up All Social Media for One Full Year. Here’s My Report from the Other Side," 7 Aug. 2019 Flying to Venezuela on a one-way ticket with $70 in his pocket, Olson walked alone into the jungle and found his way to the Bari tribe, who shot him through the leg with an arrow, then accepted him as their savior. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 He was hailed as a savior in Philadelphia, until a strange series of events led to his departure and, eventually, a triumphant return. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Saint Nick Foles Is Here to Save the Eagles. Again.," 28 Dec. 2018 About a week later, Pomilla got to meet her son's savior and thank him in person. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""Restored my faith": Single mom and son with autism reunite with metro police officer who helped calm the boy on a train," 25 July 2019 Despite his small-business bona fides, Daunt has in the past decade emerged as an unlikely savior for big-box bookstores, first overseeing the revival of Waterstones, a UK chain with close to 300 branches, and now at Barnes & Noble. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Barnes & Noble’s fate rests in the hands of a British indie bookstore owner," 21 July 2019 What was once a Maserati savior is now idling at the sidelines. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Maserati Ghibli S Q4: from savior to the sidelines," 7 July 2019 Sandy Brondello doesn't want to put the pressure of being a savior on Diana Taurasi. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Fair or not to Diana Taurasi, Mercury are in need of a savior to turn around the season," 22 June 2019 That's why there's something to be said for a botanical skin savior that suits almost all skin types, which brings us to cica. Paige Stables, Good Housekeeping, "Why Cica Is the Star Skincare Ingredient You've Probably Never Heard Of," 21 June 2019

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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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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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