Veteran - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈvetərən|  American pronunciation of the word veteran
Brit.  |ˈvɛt(ə)r(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word veteran
- a serviceman who has seen considerable active service
the veterans laughed at the new recruits
- a person who has served in the armed forces (syn: ex- serviceman, vet)
- an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service (syn: old- timer, stager, warhorse)
- rendered competent through trial and experience (syn: seasoned)
veteran steadiness
a veteran officer


a veteran of the political scene

He's a 10-year veteran with the team.

Veteran Car Club of Great Britain

a veteran of the Second World War

a veteran of countless political campaigns

the veteran leader of the socialist party

Veterans' Day

Veterans Administration

the veterans laughed at the new recruits

She pauses and affects the more dramatic tone of a veteran actress.

The veteran cop showed the rookie the ropes.

The boat was skippered by a skilled veteran sailor.

...though he's already attained star status, the rookie remains deferent to the team's veteran players...

the team's arsenal of veteran players

...a combat veteran himself, he could not believe the balderdash he was hearing from whippersnappers with no war experience at all...

Word forms

singular: veteran
plural: veterans
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