Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “veteran”

See all translations

veteran

noun [C] uk   /ˈvet.ər.ən/ us    /ˈve.t̬ɚ-/
C2 a person who has had a lot of experience of a particular activity: a 20-year veteran of the New York Police DepartmentC2 ( US informal vet) someone who has been in the armed forces during a war: a Vietnam veteran the surviving veterans of World War II
More examples

veteran

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈvet.ər.ən/ us    /ˈve.t̬ɚ-/
having been involved in a particular activity for a long time: She's also a veteran campaigner for human rights.
More examples
(Definition of veteran from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of veteran?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “veteran”

Definitions of “veteran” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

derivative

If something is derivative, it is not the result of new ideas, but has been developed from or copies something else.

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More