[ uh-fahr ]
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  1. from, at, or to a distance; far away (usually followed by off): He saw the castle afar off.

Idioms about afar

  1. 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

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[ ah-fahr ]

noun,plural A·fars, A·fa·ra [uh-fahr-uh], /əˈfɑr ə/, (especially collectively) A·far 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for afar


/ (əˈfɑː) /

  1. at, from, or to a great distance

  1. a great distance (esp in the phrase from afar)

Origin of afar

C14: a fer, altered from earlier on fer and of fer; see a- ², far

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