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Meaning of VETERAN

Pronunciation:  'veturun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an experienced person; someone who has given long service
  2. [n]  a person who has served in the armed forces
  3. [n]  a serviceman who has seen considerable active service; "the veterans laughed at the new recruits"
  4. [adj]  relating to or characteristic of or available to a veteran or veterans; "veteran benefits"

VETERAN is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: ex-serviceman, old hand, old stager, oldtimer, old-timer, stager, vet, veteran soldier, warhorse
 See Also: American Legion, expert, man, military man, military personnel, serviceman, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vet"er*an\, a. [L. veteranus, from vetus, veteris, old;
    akin to Gr. ? 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.
  2. \Vet"er*an\, n. [L. veteranus (sc. miles): cf. F.
    One who has been long exercised in any service or art,
    particularly in war; one who has had.
          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
          re["e]nlisted were specifically designated veterans.