one's elders and betters

Definition of one's elders and betters

chiefly British
:people who are older and more important
  • You should respect your elders and betters.

Word by Word Definitions

elder play elders
  1. : elderberry

  1. : of earlier birth or greater age

  2. : of or relating to earlier times : former

  3. : of or relating to a more advanced time of life

  1. : one living in an earlier period

  2. : one who is older : senior

  3. : an aged person

better play betters
  1. : comparative of good

  2. : greater than half

  3. : improved in health or mental attitude

  1. : to make better (see 1better): such as

  2. : to make more tolerable or acceptable

  3. : to make more complete or perfect

  1. : comparative of well

  2. : in a more excellent manner

  3. : to greater advantage : preferably

  1. : something better (see 1better)

  2. : a superior especially in merit or rank

  3. : advantage, victory

  1. : had better (see 3better 1b)


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