This page is about the slang term vet
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.
"Vet" is also a common abbreviation for "veterinary surgeon" or "veterinarian", which means a person who medically treats animals.
Origin: short for "veteran"
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
Contributor: Matt Errey