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.
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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 14 Jul. 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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