Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb In or at that indicated place.
  • adjective Being at an indicated distance, usually within sight.
  • pronoun A distant place, usually within sight.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Being at a distance within view, or as conceived within view; that or those, referring to persons or things at a distance.
  • At or in that (more or less distant) place; at or in that place there.
  • Chaucer uses the adverb frequently before the noun, and preceded by that or the: a use indicating the transition to the adjective use:

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Being at a distance within view, or conceived of as within view; that or those there; yon.
  • adverb At a distance, but within view.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a distant, indicated place; over there.
  • determiner Distant but within sight
  • noun Something that is distant but within sight.

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

  • adjective distant but within sight (`yon' is dialectal)
  • adverb at or in an indicated (usually distant) place (`yon' is archaic and dialectal)

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from yond, yond; see yond.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Cognate with Dutch ginder ('over there').

Examples

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  • 'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

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