[vet-er-uh-nair-ee-uh n, ve-truh-]

Origin of veterinarian

1640–50; < Latin veterīnāri(us) veterinary + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for veterinarian

Contemporary Examples of veterinarian

Historical Examples of veterinarian

  • Mebby, the veterinarian, or the barber, or mebby the colonel himself.

  • It would be an expense to employ a veterinarian, but that could not be helped.

    Nobody's Boy

    Hector Malot

  • "Let us go and see some others," I suggested, touching the veterinarian's arm.

    Nobody's Boy

    Hector Malot

  • It was the veterinarian who was called first and later the family doctor.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • He persisted until the veterinarian came, sleepily and rebelliously.

British Dictionary definitions for veterinarian


  1. a person suitably qualified and registered to practise veterinary medicineAlso called: (esp in Britain) veterinary surgeon
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Word Origin and History for veterinarian

animal doctor, 1640s, from Latin veterinarius "of or having to do with beasts of burden," also "cattle doctor," from veterinum "beast of burden," perhaps from vetus (genitive veteris) "old" (see veteran), possibly from the notion of "experienced," or of "one year old" (hence strong enough to draw burdens). Another theory connects it to Latin vehere "to draw," on notion of "used as a draft animal." Replaced native dog-leech (1520s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

veterinarian in Medicine


[vĕt′ər-ə-nârē-ən, vĕt′rə-]
  1. A person who practices veterinary medicine.
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