a person who continues to live, especially despite being nearly killed or experiencing great danger or difficulty the sole/only survivor of the massacre The plane crashed in an area of dense jungle. There were no survivors. There are only a few survivors from the original team (= members who remain on it while others have been replaced). She'll cope. She's one of life's great survivors (= someone who deals very well with difficult situations). A movie was recently made about the last remaining survivor of the tribe.
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