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)

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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 Strickland was born in Seoul, South Korea, to an African American World War II and Korean War veteran, who met her mother while he was stationed there. Simret Aklilu, CNN, "Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland wore traditional Korean clothing to her swearing-in to celebrate her mother's heritage," 5 Jan. 2021 At least one vaccine veteran says that recruiting 30,000 volunteers will be a tough hill to climb. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Novavax launches pivotal U.S. trial of dark horse COVID-19 vaccine after manufacturing delays," 28 Dec. 2020 During the game, many fans took note of the minutes disparity between some of the Pistons' veteran and their young players. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons leaning on veteran stars, not rookies, early in season. Is that a mistake?," 27 Dec. 2020 Back in the spring, Packers brass felt the need to use a first-round pick to draft Rodgers' eventual replacement (Utah State's Jordan Love) rather than upgrade the weapons around their 16-year veteran. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Aaron Rodgers views himself as worthy of MVP honors -- and here's why he is right," 26 Dec. 2020 Some clubs seek a veteran pro coach, like Washington and Dallas did after last season with Mike McCarthy and Ron Rivera. Barry Wilner, ajc, "On Football: NFL coaching carousel about to start spinning," 26 Dec. 2020 The Qanba Drone is one of the most popular and affordable options out there, packing high-quality Qanba buttons and a responsive joystick into a compact design that suits both veteran and beginner fighting game fans. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "Best PS5 accessories to buy for your new console," 23 Dec. 2020 In fact, industry veteran and Infosys founder Narayana Murthy has been a vocal detractor of work from home. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "It took a pandemic for India’s tech industry to grasp the benefits of working from home," 20 Dec. 2020 Newsom revamped his staff amid the recent stumbles, naming former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers as director of the Office of Business and Economic Development, and hiring California political veteran Jim DeBoo as a senior adviser. Paul Best, Fox News, "Some Democrats supporting moves behind the scenes to replace Gavin Newsom: report," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Veteran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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