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


[ah-fahr] /ˈɑ fɑr/
noun, plural Afars, Afara
[uh-fahr-uh] /əˈfɑr ə/ (Show IPA).
(especially collectively) Afar for 1.
a member of a nomadic Muslim people living in Eritrea, Djibouti, and northern Ethiopia.
the Northern Cushitic language spoken by the Afars.
Also called Danakil. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


at, from, or to a great distance
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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