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Synonyms for veteran
ˈvɛt ər ən, ˈvɛ trən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. veteran, veteran soldier(noun)

    a serviceman who has seen considerable active service

    "the veterans laughed at the new recruits"

    stager, vet, old hand, old stager, veteran soldier, warhorse, old-timer, oldtimer, ex-serviceman

    inexperienced, inexperient

  2. veteran, vet, ex-serviceman(noun)

    a person who has served in the armed forces

    stager, veterinary, vet, old hand, old stager, veterinary surgeon, veteran soldier, warhorse, veterinarian, old-timer, oldtimer, ex-serviceman

    inexperienced, inexperient

  3. veteran, old-timer, oldtimer, old hand, warhorse, old stager, stager(adj)

    an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service

    antique, stager, stage manager, gaffer, vet, old hand, old stager, old geezer, veteran soldier, warhorse, old-timer, oldtimer, ex-serviceman

    inexperienced, inexperient

  4. seasoned, veteran(a)(adj)

    rendered competent through trial and experience

    "a seasoned traveler"; "veteran steadiness"; "a veteran officer"

    inexperienced, inexperient

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. veteran

    habitue, expert, adept, proficient

    tyro, recruit, novice, lubber

Editors Contribution

  1. grognard

    a lifelong professional soldier, a guardsman, the stalwart professionals least likely to run, a soldier with resolve.

    despite overwhelming enemy strength, the grognards held the line and drove them back with heavy losses.

    Submitted by anonymous on January 21, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. veteran(a.)

    old (in experience), experienced (especially in war)

  2. veteran(n.)

    old soldier

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    veterans, senior, old, vet, experienced, combatant, old-timer, fighter, long-time

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  1. Minnesota Twins:

    We have a group of young players here in Minnesota, a nucleus of young guys that were really coming into their own in a lot of ways, i think some of those guys were ready to take the next step in their career offensively, and a couple of those guys were doing that at the same time. We also complemented them with some quality, veteran players.

  2. Sean Jackson:

    I moved to Detroit the day they filed for bankruptcy, america’s middle class was created here. As a returning veteran, I wanted to help America here at home and make Detroit a better place.

  3. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald:

    Trust is something that is aimed every single day one veteran at a time, if I can solve [one veteran's] problem I've earned one bit of trust.

  4. Linda Cope:

    One of the drunk kids pulled a veteran American flag out of the ground and [we] made the boy put it back. This all happened Friday afternoon, through the night, into the late morning.

  5. Army Sgt. Corrin Campbell:

    I think it kind of blows their mind a little bit that I'm a combat veteran of the 1st Cavalry Division and now they are seeing me on stage at their school, they are surprised that I have a job that makes me look like a normal person, (yet) associated with something that makes them think I'm not normal.

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