or sav·iour

[ seyv-yer ]
/ ˈseɪv yər /


a person who saves, rescues, or delivers: the savior of the country.
(initial capital letter) a title of God, especially of Christ.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. an epithet of Artemis.

Origin of savior

1250–1300; Middle English saveour, sauveur < Old French sauvëour < Late Latin salvātor, equivalent to Latin salvā(re) to save1 + -tor -tor

Related forms

sav·ior·hood, sav·ior·ship, nounun·der·sav·ior, noun

Can be confused

savior savor savory

Usage note

See -or1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for saviour (1 of 2)


US savior

/ (ˈseɪvjə) /


a person who rescues another person or a thing from danger or harm

Word Origin for saviour

C13 saveour, from Old French, from Church Latin Salvātor the Saviour; see save 1

British Dictionary definitions for saviour (2 of 2)


US Savior

/ (ˈseɪvjə) /


Christianity Jesus Christ regarded as the saviour of men from sin
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