veteran

noun
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.

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For his eighth year designing a table, Byron James-Ariza went with a white and silver palette—and made sure to get in early, via a side door; a real veteran's knowledge. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 Founded by retail veteran Rob Smith, the Phluid Project is a brick-and-mortar store with an intentional focus on gender-neutral clothing and aims to fill a void in the consumer landscape by creating an inclusive and socially engaged community space. Charlotte Diamond, Teen Vogue, "This Gender-Neutral Store Aims to Create a Safe Space For Its Customer," 20 Mar. 2019 The New England Patriots, coached by the 66-year-old veteran Bill Belichick, devised a stifling defensive game plan that limited the Rams to three points. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019 The film, directed by comedy veteran Peter Farrelly, stars Viggo Mortensen and Ali. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.," 7 Jan. 2019 Nuro, a startup co-founded by two veterans of the Google self-driving car project, is building small, fully autonomous delivery vehicles. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 Ferrari owned by Navy veteran for 58 years sells for $5 million. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: DOJ official Bruce Ohr faces the dossier hot seat; Key primaries in Arizona, Florida," 28 Aug. 2018 The design team was led by PowPAC veteran Joel Colbourn. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: 'Romeo and Juliet' in Poway, a mix of modern with tradition," 11 July 2018 By early July, they were joined by such PGA veterans as Sam Snead, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Tom Weiskopf, Don January, Jack Rule and Ray Floyd. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The first Greater Milwaukee Open PGA golf tournament, in 1968, also was nearly the last," 10 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 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

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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