Origin of veteran
Examples from the Web for veteran
Jones is a veteran of another beloved-yet-controversial animated series on Adult Swim, The Boondocks.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The veteran, said he met Stone at support group Vets for Veterans.
Veteran player Wiig continued without skipping a beat, but the damage was done.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His death was particularly difficult for the veteran firefighters who had spent years working alongside him.
Craig-Lewis was an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, a position she had aspired to since grade school.
Leaving the Captain and the veteran as temporary guards, he sallied forth, followed by the lawyer and the two parsons.Two Knapsacks|John Campbell
His veteran legions were with difficulty restrained from rushing to the rescue.Sketches of Aboriginal Life|V. V. Vide
A veteran would have recognized him as an old-timer and probable officer, and heeded, automatically.Mercenary|Dallas McCord Reynolds
The Indian also, when forced to it, uses means of getting his bearings which only Indians and veteran woodsmen know how to use.Woodcraft|E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps
It appears that a veteran spruce forest had occupied this burn prior to the fire.The Spell of the Rockies|Enos A. Mills
British Dictionary definitions for veteran
- a person or thing that has given long service in some capacity
- (as modifier)veteran firemen
- a soldier who has seen considerable active service
- (as modifier)veteran soldier
Word Origin for veteran
Word Origin and History for veteran
c.1500, "old experienced soldier," from French vétéran, from Latin veteranus "old," from vetus (genitive veteris) "old," from PIE *wetus- "year" (cf. Sanskrit vatsa- "year," Greek etos "year," Hittite witish "year," Old Church Slavonic vetuchu "old," Old Lithuanian vetušas "old, aged"). Latin vetus also is the ultimate source of Italian vecchio, French vieux, Spanish viejo. General sense of "one who has seen long service in any office or position" is attested from 1590s. The adjective first recorded 1610s.