3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Veteran \Vet"er*an\ (v[e^]t"[~e]r*an), adjective [L. veteranus, from vetus, veteris, old; akin to Gr. 'e'tos year, Skr. vatsara. See {Wether}.] Long exercised in anything, especially in military life and the duties of a soldier; long practiced or experienced; as, a veteran officer or soldier; veteran skill.

The insinuating eloquence and delicate flattery of veteran diplomatists and courtiers. --Macaulay.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Veteran \Vet"er*an\ (v[e^]t"[~e]r*an), noun [L. veteranus (sc. miles): cf. F. v['e]t['e]ran.] One who has been long exercised in any service or art, particularly in war; one who has had much experience, or has grown old or decrepit in service.

Ensigns that pierced the foe's remotest lines, The hardy veteran with tears resigns. --Addison.

Note: In the United States, during the civil war, soldiers who had served through one term of enlistment and had reenlisted were specifically designated veterans.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: rendered competent through trial and experience; "a seasoned traveler"; "veteran steadiness"; "a veteran officer" [syn: {seasoned}, {veteran(a)}]


1: a serviceman who has seen considerable active service; "the veterans laughed at the new recruits" [syn: {veteran}, {veteran soldier}]

2: a person who has served in the armed forces [syn: {veteran}, {vet}, {ex-serviceman}]

3: an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service [syn: {veteran}, {old- timer}, {oldtimer}, {old hand}, {warhorse}, {old stager}, {stager}]

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