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This page is about the slang term vet

American and Australian English

Meaning: veteran; someone who was in the armed forces during a war

For example:

  • 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.

"Vet" is also a common abbreviation for "veterinary surgeon" or "veterinarian", which means a person who medically treats animals.

Origin: short for "veteran"

Variety: This is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

My dad's a World War Two vet and he sometimes tells us about his time

a. fighting in the army

b. studying World War Two

c. treating animals in the war

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Contributor: Matt Errey