Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. In the midst of; surrounded by: a pine tree among cedars.
  • prep. In the group, number, or class of: She is among the wealthy.
  • prep. In the company of; in association with: traveling among a group of tourists.
  • prep. By many or the entire number of; with many: a custom popular among the Greeks.
  • prep. By the joint action of: Among us, we will finish the job.
  • prep. With portions to each of: Distribute this among you.
  • prep. Each with the other: Don't fight among yourselves. See Usage Note at between.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. Denotes a mingling or intermixing with distinct or separable objects. (See Usage Note at amidst)
  • prep. Denotes a belonging of a person or a thing to a group.
  • prep. Denotes a sharing of a common feature in a group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. Mixed or mingled; surrounded by.
  • prep. Conjoined, or associated with, or making part of the number of; in the number or class of.
  • prep. Expressing a relation of dispersion, distribution, etc.; also, a relation of reciprocal action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In or into the midst of; in association or connection with: as, he fell among thieves; one among this people.
  • In the number of; of or out of.
  • By the joint action or consent of; with the common aid or knowledge of: as, settle it among yourselves; the mischief was done among you.
  • To each of; by or for distribution to: as, he gave five dollars to be divided among them.
  • In (the circumstances of; during the time or term of; in the course of.
  • Together (with something).
  • At intervals; here and there.
  • Between whiles; at intervals; from time to time; now and then.
  • During the time; meanwhile.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English āmang : ā, in; see a-2 + gemang, throng; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English onġemang. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • “_And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles_, _in the midst of many people as a_ LION _among the beasts of the forest_, _as a_ YOUNG LION _among the flocks of sheep_: _who_, _if he go through_,

    The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882

  • Peter de Jager, coauthor with Richard Burgeon of Managing 00, helped popularize the term among the netties, as did Dan Rather of the broadcast network netties.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The music genre known as Americana, with roots in early folk and country music, has been popular in certain circles for years, but gained enough widespread attention recently to place the term among other new dictionary entries.

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  • Seeing your name among the top scorers is brilliant, especially when I think of what I used to do and where I have come from to get where I am.

    DJ Campbell dreams of England future after driving away the demons

  • It also prefers large cities over rural or marshy areas—thus earning the nickname among entomologists as "the urban mosquito."

    Attack of the Urban Mosquitoes

  • On a recent Tuesday evening, the students of Emerson Social Media—or #ESM, as the students refer to it on Twitter and elsewhere online—settled on the concept of a Twitter-based scavenger hunt to help spread the word among Boston's college population about Sprint.

    Here, Tweeting Is a Class Requirement

  • At that level, and with other financial indicators tanking, President Obama may soon find his name among the 9.1% unemployed.

    Gilbert B. Kaplan: President Obama, Enact a Jobs Program Based on Real Trade Reform

  • Dendreon said Thursday it recorded $22 million in gross revenue for August, up 16% from July, and expects modest quarter-over-quarter growth as it works to spread the word among physicians that reimbursement for Provenge is improving, following actions taken by the federal Medicare health plan for the elderly.

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  • Indeed, the postponements earned "Terra Nova" the nickname among media buyers as "Terra No-Va," Spanish for "no go."

    Fox to Reintroduce Previously Delayed 'Terra Nova'

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