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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During his 2018 campaign, Donnelly has emphasized his support for veterans and working Hoosiers. Seth Slabaugh, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to keep his pro-Trump voters. But can he?," 12 July 2018 Cincinnati VA Post-traumatic stress disorder, an affliction for many U.S. veterans, is a qualifying condition in Ohio for medical marijuana. Anne Saker,, "Cincinnati hospitals reluctantly realize that medical marijuana is coming to town," 11 July 2018 He was buried at sea by the U.S. Navy, an option for veterans. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 The bill would provide benefits for veterans who served in blue water Navy during the Vietnam War, when naval ships transported Agent Orange for dispersal in Vietnam. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Rep. Joe Courtney Talks At Chamber Breakfast," 11 July 2018 Founded in 2005, Operation Finally Home is nonprofit organization provides homes and home modifications for US veterans. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Veteran family surprised with mortgage free home in Atascocita," 2 July 2018 In 2014, the actress donated an undisclosed sum of money to The Independent’s Christmas campaign for homeless veterans, according to the publication. Eileen Reslen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Gets Emotional at London War Memorial in Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Her Royal Event," 29 June 2018 Free for veterans, active U.S. military, first responders, $21.99 for up to six family members. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Best kids things to do in Phoenix in July: Splash pad parties, shark feeds and free fun," 28 June 2018 Leaves from the Oak Park Visitors Center, 1010 Lake St., Oak Park Tickets: $30; $27 for veterans and seniors Information: 708-848-1500; Myrna Petlicki is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press. Myrna Petlicki,, "Mob historian leads There Goes the Neighborhood bus tour through Oak Park, River Forest," 26 June 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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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, 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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