- [noun] a serviceman who has seen considerable active service; "the veterans laughed at the new recruits"
- [noun] a person who has served in the armed forces
Synonyms: vet, ex-serviceman
- [noun] an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service
Synonyms: old-timer, oldtimer, old hand, warhorse, old stager, stager
- [adjective] rendered competent through trial and experience; "troops seasoned in combat"; "a seasoned traveler"; "veteran steadiness"; "a veteran officer"