better, bettor

The words better, bettor sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do better, bettor sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: better, bettor are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    Greater in excellence or higher in quality.

  2. :: adjective

    More useful, suitable, or desirable: found a better way to go; a suit with a better fit than that one.

  3. :: adjective

    More highly skilled or adept: I am better at math than English.

  4. :: adjective

    Greater or larger: argued for the better part of an hour.

  1. :: noun

    One that bets or places a bet.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").