Definition of veteran in English:



  • 1A person who has had long experience in a particular field.

    • ‘The children hear the story of this remarkable joint endeavour as experienced by these three veterans.’
    • ‘The new players have provided tough competition to the veterans in the field.’
    • ‘Separately, however, they were veterans of the festival experience as solo performers.’
    • ‘A blend of young talent and experienced veterans is a good one to have in today's NFL.’
    • ‘He has become the spine of a team which blends experienced veterans and youth.’
    • ‘The team is in dire need of an experienced veteran to back him up and hopes to sign one before the regular season.’
    • ‘Then there's another police chief, suspicious of the veteran cop's dubious tactics on the job.’
    • ‘Graham was a veteran member and former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.’
    • ‘Doherty is an internet veteran after working in the multimedia, design and internet field since 1994.’
    • ‘Other senior positions have also been filled by experienced, if hard-headed, veterans of the diplomatic world.’
    • ‘This veteran found the experience so outlandish that he could not tell anyone about it.’
    • ‘An esteemed veteran actor with a penchant for the unpredictable arrived and sat under a painting of fairies in a field.’
    • ‘Would you like to talk with someone who is a veteran of the Congress experience?’
    • ‘Now that the veteran is in the master's category he is able to boast having shot his age no less than 27 times.’
    • ‘Even as the song was being sung, the veteran music director, sat as if in a transport reliving the creation of this song.’
    • ‘It will be a good learning experience for the newcomers, and, hopefully, the veterans can help the younger ones.’
    • ‘The field is full of veterans who want to race and aren't afraid of trading a little paint for position.’
    • ‘Not only was he the leading over 45, but he also beat the best of the over 40s to cross the line as the leading veteran.’
    • ‘It will be of little interest to Venice veterans or art historians, who will still prefer the guidebooks.’
    • ‘Gabrielle told Annie that veterans were very keen to share their experience and that they were all fantastic.’
    retired soldier
    old hand, old-timer, old stager
    past master, doyen, authority, master, grandmaster, master hand, expert, virtuoso, maestro
    pro, ace, hotshot, old warhorse
    long-serving, seasoned, mature, old, established
    adept, master, expert, consummate, well versed, well trained, practised, experienced, worldly-wise, qualified, proficient, professional
    battle-scarred, crack, ace, mean
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    1. 1.1A person who has served in the military.
      ‘a veteran of two world wars’
      • ‘He added that some parts of the occupied country were filling up with veterans from the British special forces.’
      • ‘This originated in the experience of US veterans in the aftermath of Vietnam.’
      • ‘Army veterans who served in World War Two have joined the campaign to save their former regiment.’
      • ‘On Friday he joins up with hundreds of D-Day veterans for a special tribute in France.’
      • ‘The 1500 students were joined by war veterans and special commemorative plaque was unveiled.’
      • ‘US veterans and military justice experts were less willing to jump to judgment.’
      • ‘They were already veterans, selected for special missions because of their bravery and endurance.’
      • ‘I do, however, have a big problem with people who claim to be military or veterans, but aren't.’
      • ‘Second World War veterans and serving members of the armed forces will march together to commemorate the end of the war in Europe.’
      • ‘On June 25, the museum is calling all former airborne and special forces veterans to come to a special day of events at Elvington.’
      • ‘But Afghanistan is the sort of experience that can screw up a veteran once he's home.’
      • ‘The US secretary of state is a Vietnam veteran who has commanded field units at almost every level.’
      • ‘Most veterans are too traumatised or embarrassed to discuss their experiences.’
      • ‘He was one of several MPs from all parties who supported those campaigning for a medal for veterans who served in Egypt.’
      • ‘We all remember the experiences of the veterans we have known in our lives.’
      • ‘Scott was shown over the site of the Battle of the Boyne by an old veteran and was delighted by the experience.’
      • ‘As part of that, veterans will be visiting schools to talk about their experiences.’
      • ‘The description was wholeheartedly endorsed by veterans who served under the Brigadier.’
      • ‘Joining us now with some perspective, three very distinguished military veterans.’
      • ‘Various agencies serving veterans say they are swamped with phone calls asking for help.’


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