MEANING: noun: A person who voluntarily helps others in distress.
Also used as: good Samaritan.

ETYMOLOGY: From the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37 in the New Testament where a Samaritan stopped to help a man who had been injured and robbed, while others passed by. The word Samaritan is from Latin Samaritanus (a resident of Samaria), ultimately from Greek Samareia, Samaria. Earliest documented use: 1000.


SAMARIAN - one who gives recapitulations of what has gone before

SAMOARIAN - a devotee of a confection made from toasted marshmallows, chocolate, and Graham crackers (see recipe)