Definition of veteran in English:


Syllabification: vet·er·an
Pronunciation: /ˈvedərən, ˈvetrən/


1A person who has had long experience in a particular field.
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  • The new players have provided tough competition to the veterans in the field.
  • This veteran found the experience so outlandish that he could not tell anyone about it.
  • Separately, however, they were veterans of the festival experience as solo performers.
old hand, past master, doyen, vet
informal old-timer, old stager, old warhorse
long-serving, seasoned, old, hardened;
adept, expert, well trained, practiced, experienced, senior
informal battle-scarred
1.1A person who has served in the military: a veteran of two world wars
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  • He was one of several MPs from all parties who supported those campaigning for a medal for veterans who served in Egypt.
  • Army veterans who served in World War Two have joined the campaign to save their former regiment.
  • The description was wholeheartedly endorsed by veterans who served under the Brigadier.


early 16th century: from French vétéran or Latin veteranus, from vetus 'old'.

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