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.
Recent Examples on the Web About 200 active-duty troops and veterans wearing T-shirts showing their branch of service marched in San Diego's Pride parade on July 16, 2011. Kate Murphy, Axios, 16 July 2024 The list of 2024 DNC participants has not yet been made public, though past conventions have included the party’s veterans and rising stars as well as celebrity supporters. Koh Ewe, TIME, 16 July 2024 The Connecticut Sun players spoke for less than 10 minutes in their postgame news conference after routing the Phoenix Mercury 96-69, but veteran guard Rachel Banham spent much of that time forcing teammate DiJonai Carrington to turn away from her microphone in fits of laughter. Emily Adams, Hartford Courant, 15 July 2024 If the Heat can even get off a single veteran contract, there could be room for at least two more prospects in the mix, perhaps even allowing Alondes Williams back into the mix. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 15 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for veteran 

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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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Cite this Entry

“Veteran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 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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