veteran


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Veteran \Vet"er*an\ (v[e^]t"[~e]r*an), a. [L. veteranus, from
   vetus, veteris, old; akin to Gr. 'e`tos year, Skr. vatsara.
   See Wether.]
   Long exercised in anything, especially in military life and
   the duties of a soldier; long practiced or experienced; as, a
   veteran officer or soldier; veteran skill.
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         The insinuating eloquence and delicate flattery of
         veteran diplomatists and courtiers.      --Macaulay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Veteran \Vet"er*an\ (v[e^]t"[~e]r*an), n. [L. veteranus (sc.
   miles): cf. F. v['e]t['e]ran.]
   One who has been long exercised in any service or art,
   particularly in war; one who has had much experience, or has
   grown old or decrepit in service.
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         Ensigns that pierced the foe's remotest lines,
         The hardy veteran with tears resigns.    --Addison.
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   Note: In the United States, during the civil war, soldiers
         who had served through one term of enlistment and had
         reenlisted were specifically designated veterans.
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