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[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


[ah-fahr] /ˈɑ fɑr/
noun, plural Afars, Afara
[uh-fahr-uh] /əˈfɑr ə/ (Show IPA).
(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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  • Late at night I would hear from afar their stumbling footsteps and their voices raised in endless argument.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Some had evidently come from afar, for the fame of the revivalist was widespread.

  • So the King made a proclamation through his whole kingdom, and ladies came from afar to lay claim to the honour.

  • Quiverings, undulations, coming from afar, flowed like a river beneath the skin.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Most of it had been on the trail—in the traces—and the spirit of the mating season had only stirred him from afar.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
British Dictionary definitions for afar


at, from, or to a great distance
a great distance (esp in the phrase from afar)
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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