Meaning: veteran; someone who was in the armed forces during a war
- My uncle Joe fought in the Vietnam War in the 1960's, and every year he joins a gathering of Viet vets.
- Every year Australian war vets march together on Anzac Day to remember their mates who died in a war.
Origin: short for "veteran"
Variety: This is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
My dad's a World War Two vet and he sometimes tells us about his time