[vet-er-uhn, ve-truhn]
a person who has had long service or experience in an occupation, office, or the like: a veteran of the police force; a veteran of many sports competitions.
a person who has served in a military force, especially one who has fought in a war: a Vietnam veteran.
(of soldiers) having had service or experience in warfare: veteran troops.
experienced through long service or practice; having served for a long period: a veteran member of Congress.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of veterans.

1495–1505; < Latin veterānus mature, experienced, equivalent to veter- (stem of vetus) old + -ānus -an

nonveteran, noun Unabridged
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veteran (ˈvɛtərən, ˈvɛtrən)
1.  a.  a person or thing that has given long service in some capacity
 b.  (as modifier): veteran firemen
2.  a.  a soldier who has seen considerable active service
 b.  (as modifier): veteran soldier
3.  (US), (Canadian) a person who has served in the military forces
4.  See veteran car
[C16: from Latin veterānus, from vetus old]

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Word Origin & History

1509, "old experienced soldier," from Fr. vétéran, from L. veteranus "old," from vetus (gen. veteris) "old," from PIE *wetus- "year" (cf. Skt. vatsa- "year," Gk. etos "year," Hittite witish "year," O.C.S. vetuchu "old," O.Lith. vetuas "old, aged"). L. vetus is the ult. source of It. vecchio,
Fr. vieux, Sp. viejo. General sense of "one who has seen long service in any office or position" is attested from 1597. The adjective first recorded 1611.
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Example sentences
Phoenix is the nation's largest private university and the one with the biggest piece of the military-student and veteran market.
So said a veteran executive as he announced his surprise retirement last month.
At the same time, veteran educators worry about overreliance on a single
  sending country.
GM is playing it safe with its promised electric car, choosing a veteran
  battery supplier.
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