[ 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

Definition for afar (2 of 2)


[ ah-fahr ]
/ ˈɑ fɑr /

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for afar


/ (əˈfɑː) /


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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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.

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