veteran

Veteran commonly refers to someone who has fought in a war––think Veterans' Day, the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial––but, in fact, the word can mean anyone with experience in a particular field.

Many veterans of World War II went to college afterward, through the G.I. Bill, and pursued professional careers. At the end of those careers, it was not unusual to find among the ranks of veteran teachers or veteran attorneys or veteran doctors men who were also veterans of the war.

Definitions of veteran
  1. noun
    a person who has served in the armed forces
    synonyms: ex-serviceman, vet
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    types:
    Legionnaire
    a member of the American Legion
    type of:
    man, military man, military personnel, serviceman
    someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
  2. noun
    a soldier who has seen considerable active service
    “the veterans laughed at the new recruits”
    synonyms: veteran soldier
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    type of:
    man, military man, military personnel, serviceman
    someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
  3. noun
    an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service
    synonyms: old hand, old stager, old-timer, oldtimer, stager, warhorse
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    type of:
    expert
    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
  4. adjective
    rendered competent through trial and experience
    veteran steadiness”
    “a veteran officer”
    synonyms: seasoned
    experienced, experient
    having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation
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