One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(A title of) God or (more usually) Christ, conceived of as offering salvation to mankind and redemption from sin, used in the names of various churches, orders, etc., especially (a) a monastic order founded by St Bridget of Sweden in 1350; (b) the cathedral church of Rome, usually called St John Lateran.
Middle English; earliest use found in Arthour and Merlin. From saint + saviour, after post-classical Latin Sanctus Salvator.
Saint Saviour/s(ə)nt ˈseɪvjə//seɪnt ˈseɪvjə/
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