among

[ uh-muhng ]
/ əˈmʌŋ /

preposition

Origin of among

before 1000; Middle English, Old English amang, onmang for on gemang, on gemonge (dative singular of gemong “crowd,” akin to mengan “to mix”) “in (the) group (of)”; akin to mingle
Can be confusedamid amongamong between (see usage note at between)

Usage note

See between.
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British Dictionary definitions for among

among

amongst

/ (əˈmʌŋ) /

preposition

in the midst ofhe lived among the Indians
to each ofdivide the reward among yourselves
in the group, class, or number ofranked among the greatest writers
taken out of (a group)he is only one among many
with one another within a group; by the joint action ofa lot of gossip among the women employees; decide it among yourselves

Word Origin for among

Old English amang, contracted from on gemang in the group of, from on + gemang crowd; see mingle, mongrel

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Word Origin and History for among

among


prep.

early 12c., from Old English onmang, from phrase on gemang "in a crowd," from gemengan "to mingle" (see mingle). Collective prefix ge- dropped 12c. leaving onmong, amang, among. Cf. Old Saxon angimang "among, amid;" Old Frisian mong "among."

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