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
noun, plural A·fars, A·fa·ra [uh-fahr-uh] /əˈfɑr ə/, (especially collectively) A·far 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.
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at, from, or to a great distance
a great distance (esp in the phrase from afar)
Word Origin for afar
C14: a fer, altered from earlier on fer and of fer; see a- ², far
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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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