vet·​er·​an | \ˈve-tə-rən, 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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Its management team and board are both packed with industry veterans, and the company certainly appears conscious of the potential pitfalls. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Rivian debuts new US-made electric truck and SUV with 400-mile range," 28 Nov. 2018 The former Amazon employee, a US Air Force veteran, requested anonymity for fear of professional repercussions. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager," 20 Nov. 2018 And Nuro, a company founded in 2016 by two veterans of Google’s original self-driving team, is teaming up with supermarket giant Kroger to deliver groceries to residents in Arizona. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford teaming up with Walmart and Postmates on robot deliveries," 14 Nov. 2018 To give back to veterans in your community, visit Good Housekeeping, "The Home Depot," 16 Oct. 2018 The Invictus Games are a sporting event for wounded or injured soldiers and veterans, which Prince Harry founded in 2014. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Share an Adorable New Photo Ahead of Their Royal Tour," 11 Oct. 2018 They very well could be purely motivated by recruiting veterans, which would be disappointing to partisans seeking big money from what could be one of the great untapped fortunes in American politics. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Ten big Silicon Valley money players behind this November’s U.S. midterm elections," 20 Aug. 2018 Garcia, an education professor and military veteran who used to work for the state Department of Education, also supports the Invest In Education Act and eliminating corporate loopholes — as well as changing testing policies. Melissa Daniels, azcentral, "Democratic governor hopefuls debate ed funding, AZ's ties with Mexican state of Sonora," 11 July 2018 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors has fielded more than 100 calls for assistance from surviving spouses or dependents of veterans who qualify for benefits and who have not received them on time. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Computer Flubs Left Vets Short of Housing Benefits," 15 Nov. 2018

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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, 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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