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veteran

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noun vet·er·an \ˈve-tə-rən, ˈve-trən\

Simple Definition of veteran

  • : someone who fought in a war as a soldier, sailor, etc.

  • : someone who has a lot of experience in a particular activity, job, etc.

Full Definition of veteran

  1. 1 a :  an old soldier of long service b :  a former member of the armed forces

  2. 2 :  a person of long experience usually in some occupation or skill (as politics or the arts)

veteran adjective

Examples of veteran

  1. a veteran of the political scene

  2. He's a 10-year veteran with the team.



Origin of veteran

Latin veteranus, from veteranus, adjective, old, of long experience, from veter-, vetus old — more at wether


First Known Use: 1509


VETERAN Defined for Kids

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veteran

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noun vet·er·an \ˈve-tə-rən, ˈve-trən\

Definition of veteran

  1. 1 :  a person who has had long experience

  2. 2 :  a former member of the armed forces especially in war




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adjective vet·er·an

Definition of veteran

  1. :  having gained skill through experience <She is a veteran dog trainer.>





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