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.

1125–75; Middle English a fer, on ferr; replacing Old English feorran. See a-1 (perhaps also a-2 for the meaning “from”), far Unabridged


noun, plural Afars, Afara [uh-fahr-uh] . (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
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afar (əˈfɑː)
1.  at, from, or to a great distance
2.  a great distance (esp in the phrase from afar)
[C14: a fer, altered from earlier on fer and of fer; see a-², far]

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Word Origin & History

M.E. of feor (late 12c.), on ferr (c.1300), from O.E. feor "far," the a- representing both of and on compounds (which meant the same thing). Spelled afer in 14c.
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Example sentences
Her merchants already stood afar off, lamenting for their great city.
Additionally, there is a need for architecturally significant sites to be visible from afar as a landmark or destination point.
Also, spend a little time talking with those who have lived through communism,
  not eggheads who have viewed it from afar.
Gizmos and gadgets will talk to other devices-and be serviced and upgraded from
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