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 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 In normal years, cities in Europe would have fireworks to mark the beginning of the life of Mary, who would be the mother of Jesus, This year, on December 8, Pope Francis declared a year dedicated to St. Joseph — not a savior, but a protector. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "We Don’t Need a President to Save Us, We Need to Be Heroes," 14 Dec. 2020 These restaurants have quickly found that the apps, with their high fees and strong-arm tactics, may be a temporary lifeline, but not a savior. Star Tribune, "Forum: Apps are killing the restaurant industry," 13 Dec. 2020 The recent news that their vaccines are 90% and 95% effective, respectively, means that biotechnology is a savior of humanity rather than a horseman of the Apocalypse. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Dow 30,000, Yellen 2021 (Warnings Apply)," 24 Nov. 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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14 Jan 2021

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“Savior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 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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