[syn: veteran, old-timer, oldtimer, old hand, warhorse, old stager, stager]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stager \Sta"ger\ (st[=a]"j[~e]r), n.
1. A player. [R.] --B. Jonson.
2. One who has long acted on the stage of life; a
practitioner; a person of experience, or of skill derived
from long experience. "You will find most of the old
stagers still stationary there." --Sir W. Scott.
3. A horse used in drawing a stage. [Colloq.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: someone who supervises the physical aspects in the
production of a show and who is in charge of the stage when
the show is being performed [syn: stage manager,
2: an experienced person who has been through many battles;
someone who has given long service [syn: veteran, old-
timer, oldtimer, old hand, warhorse, old stager,