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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 vet·er·an /ˈvɛtərən, ˈvɛtrən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Vet·er·an a.  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.
    The insinuating eloquence and delicate flattery of veteran diplomatists and courtiers.   --Macaulay.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Vet·er·an n.  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,
 The hardy veteran with tears resigns.   --Addison.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : rendered competent through trial and experience; "troops
            seasoned in combat"; "a seasoned traveler"; "veteran
            steadiness"; "a veteran officer" [syn: seasoned, veteran(a)]
      n 1: a serviceman who has seen considerable active service; "the
           veterans laughed at the new recruits" [syn: veteran
      2: a person who has served in the armed forces [syn: vet, ex-serviceman]
      3: an experienced person who has been through many battles;
         someone who has given long service [syn: old-timer, oldtimer,
          old hand, warhorse, old stager, stager]