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Inherited from Old Polish weśród. By surface analysis, univerbation of w +‎ śród.


  • IPA(key): /fɕrut/
  • (Middle Polish) IPA(key): /ˈfɕrot/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ut
  • Syllabification: wśród


wśród [+genitive]

  1. Denotes location of being surrounded; among
    Synonyms: pośród, (less common) śród, (less common) wpośród
    Near-synonyms: między, pomiędzy
  2. Denotes belonging to a whole; among
    Synonyms: pośród, (less common) śród, w liczbie, (less common) wpośród
    Antonym: poza
    Near-synonyms: między, pomiędzy
  3. Denotes something detected in a crowd; among
    Synonyms: (less common) śród, (less common) wpośród
    Antonym: poza
    Near-synonym: u
  4. Denotes accomponying phenomena; among
    Synonyms: (less common) śród, (less common) wpośród
    Near-synonym: w
  5. (obsolete) Denotes time in which something occurs; at
    Near-synonyms: podczas, w
  6. (obsolete) Denotes internal location; within
    Synonyms: w, w środku


According to Słownik frekwencyjny polszczyzny współczesnej (1990), wśród is one of the most used words in Polish, appearing 44 times in scientific texts, 50 times in news, 49 times in essays, 34 times in fiction, and 8 times in plays, each out of a corpus of 100,000 words, totaling 185 times, making it the 308th most common word in a corpus of 500,000 words.[1]


  1. ^ Ida Kurcz (1990), “wśród”, in Słownik frekwencyjny polszczyzny współczesnej [Frequency dictionary of the Polish language] (in Polish), volume 2, Kraków; Warszawa: Polska Akademia Nauk. Instytut Języka Polskiego, page 686

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