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 addition, both companies faced increased competition from Chinese giants Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. Ericsson last week reported its first profit in nine quarters, and Nokia’s latest financial report suggests 5G may yet be a savior. Stu Woo, WSJ, "Nokia to Cut Thousands of Jobs Amid Shift to 5G," 25 Oct. 2018 My Learned Necessity: $12 No Mo-Stache ($12) is a savior. Erin Gibson, Glamour, "I Tossed $2,500 Worth of Makeup and Started Over With All Women-Owned Brands," 25 Sep. 2018 Remember the days when your lord and savior Netflix was nothing more than a mail-order DVD service that sent movies directly to your house? Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "You’re Probably Paying Way Too Much Money for Your Netflix Account," 10 Jan. 2019 The unlikely Dodgers savior is hitting .270/.407/.610 with 20 homers and 38 RBI in 248 plate appearances. Michael Beller,, "A Look at The Fantasy All-Stars Who Should Find Themselves in D.C.," 9 July 2018 The rabbits’ savior – and maybe Thomas’, too – is Bea (Rose Byrne), a kind-hearted animal lover who lives next door. Sandy Cohen, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Earnest ‘Peter Rabbit’ sure to delight young fans," 9 Feb. 2018 Douglas started on her path as savior of the Everglades almost by accident. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas was savior of the Everglades," 11 Mar. 2018 The new format will be hailed by many as the savior of the dying All-Star Game, but there were at least two other larger factors at play. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "NBA’s annual playground game given a little more motivation," 18 Feb. 2018 Not even an uber prospect (or three) lower on the depth chart, a bungling offensive coordinator, a shaky left tackle or an unreliable running game can stunt their rise to All-America and future NFL franchise savior status. Chris Johnson,, "The Future of College Football's Five-Star QBs Turned Transfers," 24 May 2018

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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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