among 英 [əˈmʌŋ] 美 [əˈmʌŋ]
- prep. 在…中间；在…之中
1. among others
2. a house among the trees
3. I found the letter amongst his papers.
4. A British woman was among the survivors.
5. He was among the last to leave.
6. Discuss it among yourselves (= with each other)first.
- among (prep.) "in, in the midst of," early 12c., from Old English onmang, in late Old English sometimes amang, a contraction of ongemang "among, during," from phrase on gemang, literally "in the crowd or company (of)," from on (see a- (1)) + gemengan "to mingle," from Proto-Germanic *mangjan "to knead together," from a nasalized form of PIE root *mag- "to knead, fashion, fit." The collective prefix ge- was dropped 12c. leaving onmong, amang, among. Compare Old Saxon angimang "among, amid;" Old Frisian mong "among."