from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who is long experienced or practiced in an activity or capacity: a veteran of political campaigns.
- n. A person who has served in the armed forces: "Privilege, a token income . . . were allowed for veterans of both world wars” ( Mavis Gallant).
- n. An old soldier who has seen long service.
- adj. Having had long experience or practice: a veteran actor.
- adj. Of or relating to former members of the armed forces: veteran benefits.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person with long experience of a particular activity.
- n. A person who has served in the armed forces, especially an old soldier who has seen long service.
- adj. Having had long experience, practice, or service.
- adj. Of or relating to former members of the military armed forces, especially those who served during wartime.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Long exercised in anything, especially in military life and the duties of a soldier; long practiced or experienced
- n. One who has been long exercised in any service or art, particularly in war; one who has had much experience, or has grown old or decrepit in service.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Grown old in service.
- Hence— Practised and skilful.
- Entitled to consideration and allowance on account of long service.
- In milit. matters, practised and accustomed to war, as distinguished from raw, newly enlisted, etc.
- Long-continued; of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a veteran or veterans.
- n. One long practised, and therefore skilled and trustworthy, or entitled to consideration on account of past services; especially (military), a veteran soldier. See I., 2 .
- Same as veteranize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who has served in the armed forces
- adj. rendered competent through trial and experience
- n. an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service
- n. a serviceman who has seen considerable active service
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"I'd like to make sure the term veteran is only a symbolisation of our ages, nothing more,"
"I really don't like the term veteran," said Hessert.
Having been part of this fantastic preschool community for six years, I've learned to explain the word veteran, to explain military service using age-appropriate language.
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Agg said, the “real harm” when someone impersonates a veteran is the lasting effect on how the public views former and current service members.
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Any person who fraudulently uses the title of "veteran", as defined by the United States Department of Veterans 'Affairs or its successor agency, in order to obtain personal benefit, monetary or otherwise, and such person does not have verifiable proof of his or her status as a veteran is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
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Having experience of an industry veteran is great but appearing old and out of touch during a job interview is not.