The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Better \Bet"ter\, n.
1. Advantage, superiority, or victory; -- usually with of;
as, to get the better of an enemy.
2. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in
merit, social standing, etc.; -- usually in the plural.
Their betters would hardly be found. --Hooker.
For the better, in the way of improvement; so as to produce
improvement. "If I have altered him anywhere for the