ETYM Hebrew mâshîakh anointed, from mâshakh to anoint. Related to Messias.
Any expected deliverer; SYN. christ.
In Judaism and Christianity, the savior or deliverer. Jews from the time of the Old Testament exile in Babylon have looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. Christians believe that the Messiah came in the person of Jesus, and hence called him the Christ.
1. Jesus Christ; considered by Christians to be the promised deliverer.
2. The awaited King of the Jews; the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people.