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[yon-der] /ˈyɒn dər/
being in that place or over there; being that or those over there:
That road yonder is the one to take.
being the more distant or farther:
yonder side.
at, in, or to that place specified or more or less distant; over there.
Origin of yonder
1250-1300; Middle English yonder, yender, equivalent to yond + -er as in hither, thither, etc.; akin to Dutch ginder, Gothic jaindre


[yond] /yɒnd/
adverb, adjective, Archaic.
before 900; Middle English; Old English geond; akin to Dutch ginds, Gothic jaind. See yon Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for yonder
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  • Search-parties sought here and there and yonder, and presently a cry went up.

  • And how of the heap of trifles that you can see for yourselves in yonder corner?

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Lady,” said they, “Heaven is witness, that there is not so much of food and liquor as this left in yonder Convent this night.

    The Mabinogion Lady Charlotte Guest
  • "There is danger for you in that land of Spaniards, if ever we get yonder," said Peter meaningly.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • Step into yonder boat, row to the sword, and take it, together with the scabbard.

    King Arthur and His Knights Maude L. Radford
  • "I thought that I should not need it in yonder inn, but I did," he answered.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • And then the page saw where came the Brown Knight: Lo, said the page, yonder he cometh.

  • yonder, at an immense height, is the golden fringe of the snow.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • Yon river is called p. 44the Tweed; and yonder, over the brig, is Scotland.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • There is a grave in yonder church-yard that can tell thee all!

British Dictionary definitions for yonder


at, in, or to that relatively distant place; over there
being at a distance, either within view or as if within view: yonder valleys
Word Origin
C13: from Old English geond yond; related to Old Saxon jendra, Old High German jenēr, Gothic jaind
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Word Origin and History for yonder

c.1300, from Old English geond (see yond) + comp. suffix -er (2). Now replaced except in poetic usage by ungrammatical that.


Old English geond (adv., prep.) "beyond, yonder," related to geon (see yon).

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Slang definitions & phrases for yonder



A rural person; a bumpkin; hayseed, hick

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local yokel

[1812+; perhaps fr a dialect name for a woodpecker, hence semantically similar to British dialect gowk, ''cuckoo, simpleton'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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