elders and betters

your elders and betters

people who are older than you and who should be treated with respect When we were children, we were always taught to respect our elders and betters.
See also: and, better
References in classic literature ?
Pumblechook, who had an objection to being interrupted; "I mean, enjoying himself with his elders and betters, and improving himself with their conversation, and rolling in the lap of luxury.
You're my elders and betters, you know; I was obliged to come when you sent for me.