Savor vs. Saver

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Savor and saver are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the definitions of savor and saver, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Savor describes the act of enjoying something, especially for its flavor. When one savors something, one lingers over the enjoyment of that thing. Savor may be used as a noun, but is most often used as a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are savors, savored, savoring. The word savor is derived from the Latin word sapor, meaning to taste. The British spelling of savor is savour, related words are savours, savoured, savouring.

Saver describes a person who saves something, a person who holds on to items, minimizes expenditures or deposits money in a banking institution. The word saver is derived from save, which in turn is derived from the Old French word sauver which means to protect, to keep secure.


Savor Sierra Vista will take place over the Memorial Day weekend in May and is being organized as a result of feedback from the hospitality industry, which asked the City of Sierra Vista to plan a signature event. (The Willcox Range News)

Below is a list of dine-in restaurants within walking distance of Bon Secours Wellness Arena where you can sit down and savor your meal. (The Greenville News)

“The Hele Mai Saver Fare is ideal for anyone traveling between the Islands for early morning appointments or all-day meetings, as well as those who want to enjoy an early dinner or sunset pau hana before catching the last flight out,” said David Uchiyama, Island Air president and CEO. (Maui Now)

For this reason, the Virginia Bankers Association joins America Saves to encourage savers – or potential savers – to set a goal, make a plan and save automatically. (The Virginia Pilot)

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