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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for among

Contemporary Examples of among

Historical Examples of among

  • Who among you ever received an injury from that kind old man?


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Among the passengers was a stout, good-looking man, a New York merchant.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • But among the veteran speculators the feeling was conservative.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • You may be almost the first girl to apply, or you may be among the latest, but not the too latest.

  • Among his friends his speech was anticipated with lively interest.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

British Dictionary definitions for among




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

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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