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VETERAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does veteran mean? 

VETERAN (noun)
  The noun VETERAN has 3 senses:

1. a serviceman who has seen considerable active service
2. a person who has served in the armed forces
3. an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service

  Familiarity information: VETERAN used as a noun is uncommon.


VETERAN (adjective)
  The adjective VETERAN has 1 sense:

1. rendered competent through trial and experience

  Familiarity information: VETERAN used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VETERAN (noun)


Sense 1veteran [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A serviceman who has seen considerable active service

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

veteran; veteran soldier

Context example:

the veterans laughed at the new recruits

Hypernyms ("veteran" is a kind of...):

man; military man; military personnel; serviceman (someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force)


Sense 2veteran [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who has served in the armed forces

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

ex-serviceman; vet; veteran

Hypernyms ("veteran" is a kind of...):

man; military man; military personnel; serviceman (someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "veteran"):

Legionnaire (a member of the American Legion)

Holonyms ("veteran" is a member of...):

American Legion (the largest organization of United States war veterans)

Veterans of Foreign Wars; VFW (an organization of United States war veterans)


Sense 3veteran [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

old hand; old stager; old-timer; oldtimer; stager; warhorse; veteran

Hypernyms ("veteran" is a kind of...):

expert (a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully)


VETERAN (adjective)


Sense 1veteran [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rendered competent through trial and experience

Synonyms:

veteran; seasoned

Context examples:

troops seasoned in combat / a seasoned traveler / veteran steadiness / a veteran officer

Similar:

experienced; experient (having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation)


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