- The definition of a veteran is a person who has served in the military or a person who has obtained a lot of experience in a particular field.
- An example of a veteran is someone who served in the army.
- A person who has worked for 20 years in the field of social work is an example of someone who would be described as a veteran in the field.
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- experienced; practiced
- designating or of a person who has served in the armed forces
Origin: L veteranus from vetus (gen. veteris), old from Indo-European base an unverified form wet-, year from source wether, Glassical Greek etos, year
- an old, experienced soldier, etc., esp. one who served in time of war
- any person who has served in the armed forces
- a person of long experience in some occupation or position
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- A person who is long experienced or practiced in an activity or capacity: a veteran of political campaigns.
- A person who has served in the armed forces: “Privilege, a token income . . . were allowed for veterans of both world wars” (Mavis Gallant).
- An old soldier who has seen long service.
- Having had long experience or practice: a veteran actor.
- Of or relating to former members of the armed forces: veteran benefits.
Origin: Latin veterānus, from vetus, veter-, old; see wet-2 in Indo-European roots.