vet·​er·​an ˈve-tə-rən How to pronounce veteran (audio)
: a former member of the armed forces
: an old soldier of long service
: 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

a veteran of the political scene He's a 10-year veteran with the team.
Recent Examples on the Web In the show, Russell and Sewell play Kate and Hal Wyler, a married couple who are both political veterans. Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 Trent Williams, a 13-year NFL veteran, is a mountain of a man best known for moving other large men backward. Dominic Faria, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 In the days before the funeral, as its details leaked out, these critics—many of whom were military veterans—became increasingly incensed. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 The film explores how one man (Patrick) confronts his guilt over his past actions in order to move forward with the help of his new daughter, Camilla (Victoria Scott), and fellow veteran, double-amputee neighbor Robert (John W. Lawson). Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 Military veterans are prevalent in the league’s teams. Chris Ochsner, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 The latest injury has sidelined the veteran forward for nearly half the season. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 But the media veteran said on Wednesday that Disney is finally on the path toward success again. Samantha Delouya, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 Finally, British heavy metal veterans Saxon snag an 11th U.K. top 40 album with Hell, Fire and Damnation (Militia Guard Music), new at No. 19. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of veteran was in 1509

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“Veteran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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vet·​er·​an ˈvet-ə-rən How to pronounce veteran (audio)
: a person who has had long experience (as in politics or the arts)
: a former member of the armed forces especially during wartime
veteran adjective

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