A veteran (from Latin vetus, meaning "old") is a person who has had long service or experience in a particular occupation or field; " A veteran of ..." .
This page refers to military veterans, i.e., a person who has served or is serving in the armed forces. Those veterans that have had direct exposure to acts of military conflict may also be referred to as war veterans (although not all military conflicts, or areas in which armed combat takes place, are necessarily referred to as "wars").
Famous quotes containing the word veteran:
“Science is, I believe, nothing but trained and organized common sense, differing from the latter only as a veteran may”
—Thomas Henry Huxley (182595)
“Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,
Till pitying Nature signs the last release,
And bids afflicted worth retire to peace.”
—Samuel Johnson (17091784)
“A veteran journalist ... has never had time to think twice before he writes.”
—George Bernard Shaw (18561950)