< /əˈfɑr ə/, (especially collectively) A·far for 1.
- a member of a nomadic Muslim people living in Eritrea, Djibouti, and northern Ethiopia.
- the Northern Cushitic language spoken by the Afars.
- at, from, or to a great distance
- a great distance (esp in the phrase from 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.