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.
- 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 of amongMiddle English from Old English on gemang, in the company (of) from on, in + gemang, a mingling, crowd from gemengan, mingle
- 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.
- With or against one another: Don't fight among yourselves. See Usage Note at between.
Origin of amongMiddle English from Old English āmang ā in ; see a- 2. gemang throng ; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
- Denotes a mingling or intermixing with distinct or separable objects. (See Usage Note at amidst)
- How can you speak with authority about their customs when you have never lived among them?
- Denotes a belonging of a person or a thing to a group.
- He is among the few who completely understand the subject.
- Denotes a sharing of a common feature in a group.
- Lactose intolerance is common among people of Asian heritage.
- For the comparison of among with between, see the usage notes in between.
- Due to a belief that "amongst" is an archaic/Commonwealth variant, many Americans use "among" exclusively.
From Old English onġemang.