Suppose I am handing invitations to an event that occurs with a certain regularity. A person that is attending for the first-time can be called a "first-timer". What's the negative of that expression? What word can I use to refer to a person that has come to at least one previous occurrence of the event?

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    A regular: use 25
    – VampDuc
    Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 18:33
  • @VampDuc "regular" seems to imply that this person comes regularly. However, I just want to convey that this person has come at least once before.
    – a06e
    Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 18:35
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    A "repeat visitor", perhaps.
    – Hellion
    Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 18:37
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    idiomatically we say, "All of you who have been here before" raise your hand.
    – Jim
    Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 18:49
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    maybe a past attendee?
    – Jim
    Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 18:51

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If you get together to do something,

old hand

noun a person with a lot of experience in something. "he was an old hand at red-tape cutting"


As in, "We play poker every week. There are two or three novices each session, and the rest are old hands like me."

If you're just meeting somewhere:


noun 1. a regular customer or member, for example of a bar, store, or team. "attracting a richer clientele as its regulars"



alumnus plural alum·ni-ˌnī\

: a person who has attended or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university

: a person who is a former member, employee, contributor, or inmate

(Courtesy of Merriam-Webster)

  • Hmmm, alum is a nice one.
    – jxh
    Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 22:00

experienced attendees

A real world example :

AG Bell Convention 2014 is just two weeks away. The countdown has begun! As you begin to pack your suitcases, here are a few tips for how to get the most out of your Convention experience for first-timers and experienced attendees alike.

and another one :

Enthusiasm from section members has forced us to limit the number of interested candidates who participate in the CLC as we strive to bring a wide geographic distribution and a mix of first-timers and experienced attendees.

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