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)

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 The 33-year-old, a 10-year MLB veteran, has posted solid efforts against the Tigers three times this season, also doing so May 23 (one run in four innings) and June 2 (one run in five innings). Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2022 Police said when the officers intervened, Evers shot Ney, a 14-year veteran, in the head. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 30 July 2022 The company hired Luigi Taraborrelli, a 20-year veteran of the Italian carmaker, to help lead the design of Apple’s future vehicle, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter isn’t public. Mark Gurman, Fortune, 28 July 2022 Miami signed 10-year veteran left tackle Terron Armstead to bolster its young offensive line, which was one of the NFL’s worst in Tagovailoa’s first two seasons. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 Special Ranger Marty Baker, a 39-year law enforcement veteran, set into motion a sting operation involving a reddish-brown cow, her calf and a black yearling bull. Susan Carroll, NBC News, 22 July 2022 Jason Bagshaw, a 20-year veteran who became a recognizable and sometimes controversial presence at demonstrations throughout the city over the past three years, ordered the man to drop the weapon and fired at least twice when the man did not comply. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, 17 July 2022 Camarena, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a 10-year veteran of the DEA, was kidnapped in Guadalajara Feb. 7, 1985. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 15 July 2022 Officials temporarily closed Smith Point County Park beach after a shark bit a 10-year veteran lifeguard on his chest and hand on July 3 during a training exercise. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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“Veteran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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