veteran etymology

English word veteran comes from Proto-Indo-European *wétos (Year.)

Detailed word origin of veteran

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*wétos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Year.
*wetos Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Year.
veteris Latin (lat)
veteranus Latin (lat) Old, veteran.
vétéran Middle French (frm)
veteran English (eng) A person who has served in the armed forces, especially an old soldier who has seen long service.. A person with long experience of a particular activity. Having had long experience, practice, or service.. Of or relating to former members of the military armed forces, especially those who served during wartime.