- 1A person who has had long experience in a particular field: a veteran of two world wars [as modifier]: a veteran left-wing MPMore example sentences
retired soldier; old hand, old-timer, old stager; past master, doyen, authority, master, grandmaster, master hand, expert, virtuoso, maestroseasoned, mature, old, established; hardened; adept, master, expert, consummate, well versed, well trained, practised, experienced, worldly-wise, qualified, proficient, professional• informal battle-scarred, crack, ace, mean
- 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.
- 1.1An ex-member of the armed forces: a Vietnam veteranMore example sentences
- 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'.