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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)

Origin: L. Veteranus, from vetus, veteris, old; akin to Gr. Year, Skr. Vatsara. See Wether.