noun vet·er·an \ˈve-tə-rən, ˈve-trən\

: 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

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

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
VETERAN Defined for Kids


noun vet·er·an \ˈve-tə-rən, ˈve-trən\

Definition of VETERAN for Kids

:  a person who has had long experience
:  a former member of the armed forces especially in war



Definition of VETERAN for Kids

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


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