vet·er·an (vĕtər-ən, vĕtrən)
a. A person who has served in the armed forces.
b. An old soldier who has seen long service.
2. A person who is long experienced or practiced in an activity or capacity: a veteran of political campaigns.
[Latin veterānus, from vetus, veter-, old; see wet-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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