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  1. a person who salvages or helps to salvage a ship, cargo, etc.
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Origin of salvor

First recorded in 1670–80; salv(age) + -or2
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Examples from the Web for salvor

Historical Examples of salvor

  • The salvor was forty minutes in the water, supporting the man.

    The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 28, April 1893


  • If an apprentice is a salvor, he, and not his master, is entitled to the salvage.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

  • Altogether, there is plenty of rich treasure in the sea awaiting the salvor who is bold enough to go after it.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • Were they built more like a bridge truss, the salvor's difficulties would be materially lessened.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • She falters at the end of the long tow-rope and sheers wildly in the wake of her salvor.


    David W. Bone

British Dictionary definitions for salvor



  1. a person instrumental in salvaging a vessel or its cargo
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Word Origin for salvor

C17: from salvage + -or 1
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