better-to-do

1 of 2

adjective

bet·​ter-to-do
: in prosperous economic circumstances : better off
many of the better-to-do urban Frenchmen acquire homes in the countryS. K. Padover

better-to-do

2 of 2

noun

bet·​ter-to-do
plural better-to-do
: one who is better-to-do
the better-to-do on whom the burden of the expense of the liberal program had fallenC. L. Jones

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

intended as comparative of well-to-do

First Known Use

Adjective

1860, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of better-to-do was in 1860

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“Better-to-do.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/better-to-do. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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