vet·​er·​an | \ ˈve-tə-rən How to pronounce veteran (audio) , ˈve-trən\

Definition of veteran

1a : a former member of the armed forces
b : an old soldier of long service
2 : a person of long experience usually in some occupation or skill (such as politics or the arts)

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Other Words from veteran

veteran adjective

Examples of veteran in a Sentence

a veteran of the political scene He's a 10-year veteran with the team.

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Hartford Athletic’s resident veteran and leading scorer chased a ball down the left side of the field, into the box and seeded a groundball past Indy Eleven goalkeeper Evan Newman in the 58th minute of Saturday’s game. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Angulo, Wojcik score as Hartford Athletic beats Indy Eleven 2-1 in Dillon Stadium debut," 14 July 2019 Each year, musical artists from all genres use their voices to give back and show support for causes that range from animal rights to hunger, mental illness, veterans and the homeless. Falen Hardge, The Hollywood Reporter, "From John Legend to Jennifer Hudson: 6 of Music's Top Charity Performers," 14 July 2019 Licensed restaurants, bars, veterans and fraternal organizations, and small truck stops are now allowed to have six video gambling terminals each, up from five under the previous law. Dan Petrella,, "Illinois gambling expansion could take a while. Here’s a look at what’s to come.," 13 July 2019 For Castillo, the veteran and activist, the attack on the flag felt personal. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "“They put us in danger”: Organizers denounce “rogue” protesters who pulled down American flag at Aurora ICE facility rally," 13 July 2019 The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary hosts a breakfast fundraiser benefiting veterans and their families and scholarships for local students. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "San Jose calendar of events for the week of July 12," 12 July 2019 The stretch of lower Manhattan has long hosted ticker tape parades for world leaders, veterans and hometown sports stars. Fox News, "Trump weighs options in census case after DOJ setback; Women’s soccer star doubles down on White House snub," 10 July 2019 Of its billionaire populists, America chose the reality-TV show star and New York real-estate figure over the Texas naval veteran and entrepreneur. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Ross Perot, a Morning Star of Trumpism," 9 July 2019 The city, county and military officials will hold a news conference Wednesday to discuss the event featuring military and veteran athletes recovering from wounds or illnesses. Scott Huddleston,, "Olympics-style Warrior Games coming to San Antonio," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of veteran

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for veteran

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

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English Language Learners 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.


vet·​er·​an | \ ˈve-tə-rən How to pronounce veteran (audio) , ˈve-trən\

Kids Definition of veteran

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of veteran (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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