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 (bĭ-lông′ĭng, -lŏng′-)
1. Acceptance as a natural member or part: a sense of belonging.
2. belongings Personal items that one owns; possessions.


secure relationship; affinity (esp in the phrase a sense of belonging)


(bɪˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, -ˈlɒŋ-)

1. belongings, possessions; personal effects.
2. close relationship: a sense of belonging.


  1. As much at home … as a fish in water —Honoré de Balzac

    An enduring comparison, as illustrated by a 1986 quote from the New York Times: “We belong … like fish in water. We’re in our environment.”

  2. As much out of his element as an eel in a sand bag —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
  3. As well adapted to the purpose as a one-pronged fork for pitching hay —Herman Melville
  4. (She had) clicked into place [as teacher in school] like a well-hung door closing evenly —Barry Targan
  5. Felt as well placed in the world as a fresh loaf of bread —Laurie Colwin
  6. Fit [poor fit] like a breeching on a pig —Anon
  7. Fit like a duck’s foot in the mud —Anon
  8. Fit … like a tongue into a groove —Jonathan Valin

    In the novel, Life’s Work, the simile refers to the way a man’s body fits into a chair.

  9. Fits as a hollow fits a circle —Anon
  10. Fits him as easily as his skin —Thomas Hughes
  11. Fits like the skin on a sausage —Anon
  12. Fitted (into their scheme of life) as a well-made reel fits the butt of a good rod —Henry Van Dyke
  13. Fitted in like a Marine in a parade —William Beechcroft
  14. Fitted (its new home) like a coin in a slot —George Garrett
  15. Fitting comfortable and heavy like a gun in a holster —George Garrett
  16. Like a barber’s chair, fit for everyone —Thomas Fuller
  17. Like Miniver Cheevy, he had been born too late —Joseph Heller


  18. Looking as lost as a shipwrecked mariner —Yisrael Zarchi
  19. [Feel] misplaced ... as if she had been expelled from a dream in which she would have dearly loved to remain —Milan Kundera
  20. Part of the landscape, like a tree —John Updike
  21. Swam as happily in society as a fish swam in schools —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.belonging - happiness felt in a secure relationshipbelonging - happiness felt in a secure relationship; "with his classmates he felt a sense of belonging"
happiness - emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
comfortableness - a feeling of being at ease in a relationship
closeness, intimacy - a feeling of being intimate and belonging together; "their closeness grew as the night wore on"



One's portable property.Often used in plural:
effect (used in plural), good (used in plural), lares and penates, personal effects, personal property, possession (used in plural), property, thing (often used in plural).
Informal: stuff.
Law: chattel, movable (often used in plural).


[bɪˈlɒŋɪŋ] n
sense of belonging (to country, community)sentiment m d'appartenance
References in classic literature ?
He rented a room at the rear of a little frame building belonging to old Rufus Whiting.
Her stockings and boots and well fitting gloves had worked marvels in her bearing--had given her a feeling of assurance, a sense of belonging to the well-dressed multitude.
Went on the loose; had with him about five hundred dollars belonging to the firm; he's with Isaacs & Sons now, shoe people on Sixth Avenue.
Out of another I get a lovely view of the bay and a little private wharf belonging to the estate.
But, after all, it seemed rather a perception, or a sympathy, than a sentiment belonging to himself as an individual.
She had dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam; and a face which, besides being beautiful from regularity of feature and richness of complexion, had the impressiveness belonging to a marked brow and deep black eyes.
At this I was able to straighten myself; I went the rest of the way up; I made, in my bewilderment, for the schoolroom, where there were objects belonging to me that I should have to take.
I then glanced round the room; and besides the bedstead and centre table, could see no other furniture belonging to the place, but a rude shelf, the four walls, and a papered fireboard representing a man striking a whale.
It was not long after the sinking of the body that a cry was heard from the Pequod's mast-heads, announcing that the Jungfrau was again lowering her boats; though the only spout in sight was that of a Fin-Back, belonging to the species of uncapturable whales, because of its incredible power of swimming.
There was a little left of the money belonging to Teta Elzbieta, and there was a little left to Jurgis.
So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to a master,--so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil,--so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best regulated administration of slavery.
The combatants were placed face to face, each with several members of his own corps about him to assist; two seconds, well padded, and with swords in their hands, took their stations; a student belonging to neither of the opposing corps placed himself in a good position to umpire the combat; another student stood by with a watch and a memorandum-book to keep record of the time and the number and nature of the wounds; a gray-haired surgeon was present with his lint, his bandages, and his instruments.