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afar

[uh-fahr] /əˈfɑr/
adverb
1.
from, at, or to a distance; far away (usually followed by off):
He saw the castle afar off.
Idioms
2.
from afar, from a long way off:
The princess saw him riding toward her from afar.
Origin of afar
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English a fer, on ferr; replacing Old English feorran. See a-1 (perhaps also a-2 for the meaning “from”), far

Afar

[ah-fahr] /ˈɑ fɑr/
noun, plural Afars, Afara
[uh-fahr-uh] /əˈfɑr ə/ (Show IPA).
(especially collectively) Afar for 1.
1.
a member of a nomadic Muslim people living in Eritrea, Djibouti, and northern Ethiopia.
2.
the Northern Cushitic language spoken by the Afars.
Also called Danakil.
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  • The crowd surged about the ticker, and their voices came as from afar.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Some had evidently come from afar, for the fame of the revivalist was widespread.

  • Even if we succeed well we do but approach towards it from afar.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • One thing only seemed to make a signal of distress from afar.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • But the Chief of the Mountain Division who saw all from afar could say nothing.

    The Hammer of Thor Charles Willard Diffin
British Dictionary definitions for afar

afar

/əˈfɑː/
adverb
1.
at, from, or to a great distance
noun
2.
a great distance (esp in the phrase from afar)
Word Origin
C14: a fer, altered from earlier on fer and of fer; see a-², far
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Word Origin and History for afar
adv.

contraction of Middle English of feor (late 12c.), on ferr (c.1300), from Old English feor "far" (see far); the a- representing both of and on compounds (which meant the same thing). Spelled afer in 14c.

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