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

Misc. Definitions

\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.
\Vet"er*an\, n. [L. veteranus (sc. miles): cf. F. v['e]t['e]ran.] 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.

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