[ ser-vahy-ver ]
/ sərˈvaɪ vər /


a person or thing that survives.
Law. the one of two or more designated persons, as joint tenants or others having a joint interest, who outlives the other or others.
a person who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship, or setbacks.

Origin of survivor

First recorded in 1495–1505; survive + -or2

Related forms

non·sur·vi·vor, nounself-sur·vi·vor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for survivor


/ (səˈvaɪvə) /


a person or thing that survives
property law one of two or more specified persons having joint interests in property who lives longer than the other or others and thereby becomes entitled to the whole property

Derived Forms

survivorship, noun
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