contraction of Middle English of feor (late 12c.), on ferr (c. 1300), from Old English feor "far" (see far); the a- (1) in compounds representing both of and on (which in this use meant the same thing). Spelled afer in 14c.
1. Seen from afar, its towering buildings beckon the visitor in.
2. A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near.
3. Is it not delightful to have friends coming from afar?