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VET'ERAN, adjective [Latin veteranus, from vetero, to grow old, from vetus, old.]

Having been long exercised in any thing; long practiced or experienced; as a veteran officer or soldier; veteran skill.

VET'ERAN, noun One who has been long exercised in any service or art, particularly in war; one who has grown old in service and has had much experience.

Ensigns that pierc'd the foe's remotest lines, the hardy veteran with tears resigns.