Definition of veteran noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvetərən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvetərən//
    The army
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  1. 1a person who has a lot of experience in a particular area or activity the veteran American actor, Clint Eastwood
  2. 2(also North American English, informal vet) a person who has been a soldier, sailor, etc. in a war war veterans a veteran of the Spanish Civil War a Vietnam vet See related entries: The army
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from French vétéran or Latin veteranus, from vetus ‘old’.Extra examples The speech was given by the veteran British actor and producer, Sir Richard Attenborough. He’s a seasoned veteran of the political establishment. He’s the seasoned veteran, who has taken the children to the museum many times. Veterans returned to heroes’ welcomes. Were veterans honoured and adequately rewarded for their sacrifice? a veteran of World War Two a veteran of numerous political campaigns an eight-year veteran of the New York Yankees veterans who served in Vietnam
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