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.
Recent Examples on the Web Dacona Smith, a company veteran who most recently served as chief operating officer for Walmart’s Sam’s Club, will become COO under John Furner, according to a memo seen by Bloomberg News. Matthew Boyle,, "Walmart Reshuffles Leadership as Nervous Investors Await Results," 15 May 2020 James, a 30-year industry veteran, is looking into ordering plastic shields for manicure stations, weighing cloth vs. N95 masks, and researching the best gloves to use going forward. Erika Stalder,, "California Governor Says A Nail Salon Started COVID-19 Spread — & Workers Are Devastated," 10 May 2020 Some had led careers of service, like Patricia Frieson, a retired nurse, and Rhoda Hatch, a former teacher, and Carl Redd, a U.S. Army veteran. Duaa Eldeib, ProPublica, "COVID-19 Took Black Lives First. It Didn’t Have To.," 9 May 2020 More depth also brings more competition, something that Aird hopes will push his veterans to improve themselves. Stefan Krajisnik, Indianapolis Star, "IU volleyball recruiting class ranks 15th — a program best," 8 May 2020 Tom Moore, a 100-year-old World War II veteran who recently raised more than $40 million by walking in his backyard. Rachel Desantis,, "100-Year-Old Man Inspired by Capt. Tom Moore Raises More Than $97K by Walking in Garden," 6 May 2020 The Duke of Gloucester is the patron of veterans' charity Scottish Veterans Residences, which provides supported accommodation to homeless former service members. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "The Queen's Cousin, Prince Richard, Offered a Rare Glimpse Inside Kensington Palace," 5 May 2020 Victor Asemota, a veteran Nigerian tech investor and entrepreneur says the new AWS Region will be beneficial to other African markets such as Nigeria and Kenya. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz Africa, "Why Amazon is expanding Web Services in Africa but still has no e-commerce here," 1 May 2020 Tercero was also active in supporting veterans' causes, and was a regular at the American Legion Post 41 in Phoenix, where his famed charisma shone brightly. John D'anna, azcentral, "Tony Tercero, a Vietnam War hero from Phoenix, dies of COVID-19 at age 71," 30 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of veteran was in 1509

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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Veteran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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