I. preposition 1. situated more or less centrally in relation to (several other things) • flowers hidden among the roots of the trees
• you’re among friends.
2. being a member or members of (a larger set) • a British woman was among the 54 victims of the disaster
• snakes are among the animals most feared by man.
3. occurring in or shared by (some members of a group or community) • a drop in tooth decay among children
• members of the government bickered among themselves.
4. indicating a division, choice, or differentiation involving three or more participants • the old king called the three princesses to divide his kingdom among them
• the State Council would elect a temporary president from among its members.
– origin Old English ongemang (from on ‘in’ + gemang ‘assemblage, mingling’). The -st of amongst represents -s (adverbial genitive) + -t probably by association with superlatives (as in against).