- 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
- a member of a nomadic Muslim people living in Eritrea, Djibouti, and northern Ethiopia.
- the Northern Cushitic language spoken by the Afars.
Examples from the Web for afar
The team tracked individuals from afar to get a sense of their behavior.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
“Letters to Afar” demonstrates how ordinary the victims were.
If ever there was a time for a show like “Letters to Afar” to be shown in Budapest, it is now.
But the big question, of course, was how closely Russia watched from afar.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin
October 12, 2014
Zamir had to make do with observing events from afar, and what he saw was totally unsatisfactory.Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’
Ram Oren, Moti Kfir
September 20, 2014
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.In the Midst of Alarms
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
- at, from, or to a great distance
- a great distance (esp in the phrase from afar)
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.