A survivor is someone who hasn't died: the word is used often about people who have been through a horrible experience, like a plane crash.

Cancer survivors and Holocaust survivors have one thing in common: they lived through horrible ordeals and are still with us. The TV show "Survivor" made this word feel a little less weighty, but it still packs a punch. Anytime something horrible happens — like a car crash or an epidemic — you'll hear about the survivors. Some survivors may feel they are just lucky, but many survivors take pride in being strong enough to survive.

Definitions of survivor

n one who lives through affliction

“the survivors of the fire were taken to a hospital”
Type of:
unfortunate, unfortunate person
a person who suffers misfortune

n an animal that survives in spite of adversity

“only the fittest animals were survivors of the cold winters”
Type of:
animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

n one who outlives another

“he left his farm to his survivors
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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