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

  • adv. In or at that indicated place: the house over yonder.
  • adj. Being at an indicated distance, usually within sight: "Yonder hills,” he said, pointing.
  • pro. One that is at an indicated place, usually within sight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a distant, indicated place; over there.
  • Distant but within sight
  • n. Something that is distant but within sight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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:
  • Being at a distance within view, or as conceived within view; that or those, referring to persons or things at a distance.

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

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


Middle English, from yond, yond; see yond.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Cognate with Dutch ginder ('over there'). (Wiktionary)



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