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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. From, at, or to a great distance: saw it afar off; traveled afar.
  • n. A long distance: Tales from afar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. At, to, or from a great distance; far away.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. At, to, or from a great distance; far away; -- often used with from preceding, or off following

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • From far; from a distance: now usually preceded by from.
  • Far; far away; at or to a distance; remotely in place: now usually followed by off.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. (old-fashioned) at or from or to a great distance; far

Etymologies

Middle English afer, from on fer, far, and from of fer, from afar, from Old English feor, far; see far.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
a- (“for, on, or of”) +‎ far (Wiktionary)

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