veteran Definition

  • 1a person who has had a lot of experience in a particular field
  • 2a former member of the armed forces

Using veteran: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "veteran" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He is a veteran of the music industry.

  • Example

    The organization helps veterans find jobs after their service.

  • Example

    She is a veteran teacher with over 30 years of experience.

veteran Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for veteran

Antonyms for veteran

Idioms Using veteran

  • a clever or experienced action that shows expertise in a particular field


    His decision to invest in that stock was a veteran move that paid off.

  • an experienced and respected person who provides leadership and guidance in a particular field


    The team captain's veteran presence helped the young players develop their skills.

  • a person who has been involved in a particular activity for a long time and has a lot of experience


    He is a veteran of the game and knows all the tricks to win.

Phrases with veteran

  • a person who has served in the military during a war


    My grandfather is a war veteran who fought in World War II.

  • the condition of having served in the military, especially in combat


    Many employers give hiring preference to those with veteran status.

  • veteran benefits

    government-provided benefits for former members of the armed forces


    He applied for veteran benefits to help pay for his college education.

Origins of veteran

from Latin 'vetus', meaning 'old'


Summary: veteran in Brief

The term 'veteran' [ˈvɛtərən] refers to a person with extensive experience in a particular field, such as music or teaching. It also denotes a former member of the armed forces, as in 'The organization helps veterans find jobs after their service.' 'Veteran' extends into phrases like 'war veteran,' and idioms like 'a veteran move,' denoting clever actions, and 'a veteran presence,' implying respected leadership.

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