veteran Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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veterannoun [C]

uk   /ˈvet.ər.ən/  us   /ˈve.t̬ɚ-/
C2 a ​person who has had a lot of ​experience of a ​particularactivity: a 20-year veteran of the New York Police DepartmentC2 (US informal vet) someone who has been in the ​armedforces during a ​war: a Vietnam veteran the ​surviving veterans of World War II
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veteranadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈvet.ər.ən/  us   /ˈve.t̬ɚ-/
having been ​involved in a ​particularactivity for a ​longtime: She's also a veteran ​campaigner for ​humanrights.
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(Definition of veteran from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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veterannoun [C]

 us   /ˈvet̬·ər·ən, ˈve·trən/

veteran noun [C] (EXPERIENCED PERSON)

a ​person who has had a lot of ​experience in a ​particularactivity or ​job: Ms. Beasly is one of ​our veterans – she has been ​teaching here for over 20 ​years.

veteran noun [C] (MILITARY PERSON)

(short form vet) a ​person who was ​once a ​member of the ​armedforces
(Definition of veteran from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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