[uh-muhngst, uh-muhngkst]
preposition Chiefly British.

1200–50; earlier amongs, Middle English amonges, equivalent to among among + -es adv. genitive suffix; excrescent -t as in against Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To amongst
World English Dictionary
among or amongst (əˈmʌŋ)
1.  in the midst of: he lived among the Indians
2.  to each of: divide the reward among yourselves
3.  in the group, class, or number of: ranked among the greatest writers
4.  taken out of (a group): he is only one among many
5.  with one another within a group; by the joint action of: a lot of gossip among the women employees; decide it among yourselves
amongst or amongst

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

mid-13c., among + adverbial genitive + parasitic -t first attested 16c. (see amidst). It is well established in the south of England, but not much heard in the north. By similar evolutions, alongst also existed in M.E.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
College serves as a foundation for interaction amongst diverse people.
But they were housed on a council estate where unemployment amongst local
  youths was high.
During this time, the researchers were able to recognize a hierarchical
  structure amongst the families that persisted.
It starts amongst garden terraces but soon leads to a series of wild headlands
  crowned by a string of medieval towers.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature