- The definition of among is being in a group things, usually more than two, or being part of a group.
Standing in a dense forest is an example of standing among trees.
among definition by Webster's New World
- in the company of; surrounded by; included with a group of: you are among friends
- from place to place in: he passed among the crowd
- in the number or class of: included among his supporters
- by or with many of: a book popular among executives
- as compared with: one among thousands
- with a portion for each of: the estate was divided among the relatives
- by the reciprocal action of: don't quarrel among yourselves
- by the concerted action of
- in the joint possession of
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English on gemang, in the company (of) ; from on, in plush gemang, a mingling, crowd ; from gemengan, mingle
among definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- In the midst of; surrounded by: a pine tree among cedars.
- In the group, number, or class of: She is among the wealthy.
- In the company of; in association with: traveling among a group of tourists.
- By many or the entire number of; with many: a custom popular among the Greeks.
- By the joint action of: Among us, we will finish the job.
- With portions to each of: Distribute this among you.
- Each with the other: Don't fight among yourselves. See Usage Note at between.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English āmang : ā, in; see a-2 + gemang, throng; see mag- in Indo-European roots.