[ zey-vee-er, zav-ee-, zey-vyer ]


  1. Saint Francis Francisco Javierthe Apostle of the Indies, 1506–52, Spanish Jesuit missionary, especially in India and Japan.
  2. a male given name: from an Arabic word meaning “bright.”


/ ˈzæv-; xaˈβjɛr; ˈzeɪvɪə /


  1. XavierFrancis, Saint15061552MSpanishRELIGION: missionaryRELIGION: JesuitRELIGION: saint Saint Francis, known as the Apostle of the Indies. 1506–52, Spanish missionary, who was a founding member of the Jesuit society (1534) and later preached in Goa, Ceylon, the East Indies, and Japan. Feast day: Dec 3

Discover More

Other Words From

  • Xa·ve·ri·an [zey-, veer, -ee-, uh, n, za-], adjective

Discover More

Example Sentences

Far from the armed and intimidating robot cops of popular science fiction, these small machines, both named Xavier, will instead be on the lookout for nuisance crimes.

Xavier’s distinguished record of public service, and lifelong commitment to the most vulnerable, reflect the best of California’s values and exactly the qualities we need in the national leaders who will shepherd us through the end of this pandemic.

I congratulate Xavier on his historic confirmation and join with his family and all Californians in celebrating this milestone.

The scheduled Big East matchup with Xavier on Tuesday has now been postponed without a makeup on the calendar.

You can make the case that the win over Xavier might have been the greatest upset ever in college football.

That man was Xavier Cortada, a gay man who wrote of his frustration that he and his partner of eight years were unable to marry.

Quebecois child actor-turned-filmmaking prodigy Xavier Dolan, who wrote his debut feature at just 16.

Special Agent Xavier Diaz testified he once drove five hours west of the city to meet Arambula in Nogales, Arizona.

Palmetto becomes Washington Avenue after it crosses Carrollton and approaches the campus of Xavier University.

Some also speculate that the name could allude to Francis Xavier, the co-founder of the Society of Jesuis—aka the Jesuits.

The author of the life of St. Francis Xavier, asserts, that "by one sermon he converted ten thousand persons in a desert island."

Francis Xavier Talbot died; a French ecclesiastic, and author of some poems.

I cook some thick cocoa for Xavier and give him beef-tea; he is better after noon, but very low—I have to lift him up to drink.

He has not the exaltation nor the ardent vehemence of Rousseau, neither has he the sentimental morbidity of Xavier de Maistre.

Prince Xavier of Saxony, present in the Camp too, made no remonstrance, said others.


Word of the Day


[ak-suh-lot-l ]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.




Xaverian Brotherx-axis