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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: veteranus, from veteranus 'old, of long experience', from vetus 'old'

veteran

noun
     
Related topics: Military
vet‧e‧ran [countable]
1PM someone who has been a soldier, sailor etc in a war
veteran of
a veteran of the Second World War
a Vietnam veteran
2 someone who has had a lot of experience of a particular activity
veteran of
a veteran of countless political campaigns
veteran politician/campaigner/leader etc
the veteran leader of the socialist party

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