veteran

noun
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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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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On the track, an already deep driver pool keeps adding veteran and rookie talent. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "IndyCar revving up tons of momentum for 2019 season," 11 Feb. 2019 Brain These images are from a 2013 study in the journal Brain, which assessed 85 brains donated from former athletes, veterans, and people with a history of brain injury. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 Tinnitus is also relatively common among service members and veterans, the NIDCD explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is Tinnitus?," 30 Jan. 2019 Pete Buttigieg Pete Buttigieg, a Navy veteran and the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced the launch of a presidential exploratory committee on January 23 by posting a video on Twitter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Presidential Candidates 2020: Here's Who's Running So Far," 25 Jan. 2019 Rural populations, recent veterans and active-duty military families, and Native Americans are among the hardest hit. Sandy M. Fernandez, Woman's Day, "How Three Women Are Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.," 14 Nov. 2018 Andrew Bosworth, a 13-year Facebook veteran and Zuckerberg confidante, initially appeared to encourage employees to follow their principles out the door. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s head of public policy is supporting the Kavanaugh nomination, and some employees are livid," 5 Oct. 2018 David Garcia, a veteran and education professor at Arizona State University, won the state’s Democratic nomination in the race for governor on Tuesday night. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "David Garcia Could Be the First Latinx Governor of Arizona in 44 Years," 29 Aug. 2018 Marine Corps veteran and first-time candidate Kevin Nicholson is well ahead in the rest of Wisconsin, especially the rural north and west. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP senate primary in Wisconsin already reflects north-south divide within party," 13 July 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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veteran

noun

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.

veteran

noun
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

veteran

adjective

Kids Definition of veteran (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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