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The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
George Eliot
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Etymology

From Old English onġemang

Pronunciation

Preposition

among

  1. Denotes a mingling or intermixing with distinct or separable objects. (See Usage Note at amidst)
    How can you speak with authority about their customs when you have never lived among them?
  2. Denotes a belonging of a person or a thing to a group.
    He is among the few who completely understand the subject.
  3. Denotes a sharing of a common feature in a group.
    Lactose intolerance is common among people of Asian heritage.

Usage notes

  • For the comparison of among with between, see the usage notes in between.

Quotations

  • 1611King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1
    Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...

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