afar


afar

< /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.

adverb

  1. at, from, or to a great distance

noun

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

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.

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