veteran

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noun vet·er·an \ ˈve-tə-rən , ˈve-trən \

Definition of veteran

1 a :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)

veteran

adjective

Examples of veteran in a Sentence

  1. a veteran of the political scene

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

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Origin and Etymology of veteran

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


VETERAN Defined for English Language Learners

veteran

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Definition of veteran for English Language Learners

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

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


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 for Students

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

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veteran

adjective

Definition of veteran for Students

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


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