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[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
1495-1505; survive + -or2
Related forms
nonsurvivor, noun
self-survivor, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for survivor
  • Ask students to write an essay from the point of view of a tornado survivor.
  • The same day the search was abandoned, another survivor died of his injuries.
  • Measured returns for the sector were boosted by survivor bias: failed funds ceased to be counted in the indices.
  • For each case consider the impact on all others in contact with that brain injured survivor.
  • If all but one of the players are turned into zombies, then that last survivor wins.
  • For me there's a lot of survivor's guilt about the three people who didn't get out of my office that day.
  • Chris shares some foraging tips for the urban survivor.
  • One by one, the matriarchs were eliminated until she was the only survivor, leading a family with about eight orphans.
  • Basically, here's how it works: you show up either as a zombie or a survivor.
  • He makes the stage look small, and wears his years with a survivor's defiant pride.
British Dictionary definitions for survivor


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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Word Origin and History for survivor

c.1500, in the legal sense of "one who outlives another," agent noun from survive. Meaning "one who has a knack for pulling through adversity" is attested from 1971. Survivor syndrome is first recorded 1968.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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