Vet"er*an(vt"r*n), n. [L. veteranus (sc. miles): cf. F. vtran.] 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.
Ensigns that pierced the foe's remotest lines,Addison.
The hardy veteran with tears resigns.
In the United States, during the civil war, soldiers who had served through one term of enlistment and had renlisted were specifically designated veterans.
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