Definition of Afar in English:

Afar

noun

  • 1A member of a people living in Djibouti and NE Ethiopia.

    Also called Danakil
    • ‘There are two major ethnic groups in Djibouti, the Afars (sometimes also called the Danakil) and the Somalis.’
    • ‘The Afars are mostly nomadic pastoralists whose grazing area extends from eastern and southern Eritrea into Ethiopia.’
    • ‘Moreover, beginning in 1991, tensions between Afars and the Issa-dominated government resulted in an Afar rebellion.’
    • ‘The Afar also suffer from kidney stones, a consequence of not drinking enough water.’
    • ‘When I asked the Afar about this they denied they ever did such things - they said it was done in Somalia.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Cushitic language of the Afar, with about 700,000 speakers.

    • ‘There are television and radio broadcasts in the French, Afar, Somali, and Arabic languages.’
    • ‘Most Afar-speaking people are found in Ethiopia.’
    • ‘The six islands are named in Arabic, in the local Afar language, and in French.’
    • ‘The subspecies name idaltu comes from the Afar language of Ethiopia.’
    • ‘Ardipithecus means ‘root ape’ in the Afar language.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Afar or their language.

    • ‘Bribing his way by caravan over the wastelands of the Afar province, he is not amused by the locals.’
    • ‘There are one or two hotels in town, and you can see several traditional Afar huts around town.’
    • ‘Ethiopian officials warned yesterday of an impending tragedy in the drought-stricken Afar region.’
    • ‘The chamber of deputies consisted of 33 Issa representatives, and 32 Deputies of the Afar people.’
    • ‘Today, the region is the home of the semi-nomadic Afar people.’

Origin

From Afar qafar.

Pronunciation:

Afar

/ˈɑːfɑː/

Definition of afar in English:

afar

adverb

literary
  • At or to a distance:

    ‘for months he had loved her from afar’
    • ‘This year's cabaret is a bitter-sweet affair, revolving around songs of romance on the run and love from afar.’
    • ‘I'd intended to be mature and sedate and demure and just wistfully watch the young guests from afar.’
    • ‘We drove fast, in case they thought to pull out their six-guns and drill us from afar.’
    • ‘Those who had travelled from afar were allowed to carry home their treasures.’
    • ‘There are flags flying - the Palace has a big standard visible from afar.’
    far away, far off, afar
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Origin

Middle English of feor ‘from far’.

Pronunciation:

afar

/əˈfɑː/