Definition of veteran in English:

veteran

Syllabification: vet·er·an
Pronunciation: /ˈvetərən, ˈvetrən
 
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noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    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.

Origin

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

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