far·​thest | \ ˈfär-t͟həst How to pronounce farthest (audio) \

Definition of farthest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most distant especially in space or time the farthest frontier the seat farthest from the door



Definition of farthest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to or at the greatest distance in space or time who can jump the farthest
2 : to the most advanced point goes farthest toward answering the question
3 : by the greatest degree or extent : most the painting farthest removed from reality

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for farthest

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of farthest in a Sentence

Adjective the farthest reaches of space for privacy and quiet, we requested a hotel room that was farthest from the elevator Adverb He chose the seat farthest from the door. We had a contest to see who could hit a golf ball the farthest. This plan goes farthest toward achieving our goal. Of all the paintings, this one is the farthest removed from reality.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Astronomers designated it a planet even though was is unlike the next-farthest planets, the gas giants Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. NBC News, "Is Pluto a planet or a dwarf planet? NASA chief picks sides in emotional debate," 29 Aug. 2019 In the farthest right corner, Cameron holds his 19-month-old daughter Lua with girlfriend Viviane Thibes, representing the fourth generation of the Douglas family. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'Family first': Kirk Douglas, 102, poses for sweet family photo featuring four generations," 21 Aug. 2019 Sandoval’s solo shot marked his fifth home run of at least 400 feet this season as his 438-foot blast was the second-farthest home run hit by a Giant this season, trailing only a 441-foot home run Tyler Austin hit at Coors Field on May 9. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ chance to achieve rare road feat ruined by bullpen struggles," 6 June 2019 This large difference between The Goblin’s closest approach and its farthest approach is the evidence for Planet Nine that astronomers are looking for. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Find Dwarf Planet 'The Goblin' Lurking in the Outer Solar System," 2 Oct. 2018 This would be the largest and farthest single move to date, involving Van Niekerk’s 32 rhinos and another eight from Phinda, an andBeyond reserve in -KwaZulu-Natal. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 The farthest inland port on the East Coast, Baltimore is well-positioned on the Interstate 95 corridor and closest to Midwest automakers — advantages for its auto shipping business. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "From Jaguars to 'junkers,' Baltimore longshoremen are first and last behind the wheel," 21 May 2018 Here is his first of two goals to kick start a memorable Champions League night for the Egyptian, a sublime cut inside and curling shot to the deepest, farthest corner of Alisson’s goal to kick-start Tuesday’s goal fest at Anfield. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Real Madrid upend Bayern, Liverpool rout Roma and the best of the week in soccer," 26 Apr. 2018 Winchester ran at full speed to the farthest range of the slope and just inside the curve of our view. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Two dogs, hunting by their own set of rules," 10 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb One such example is the Great Pine-Cone Toss of 1748, when Edmund James and George Francis engaged in an epic battle to determine who could hit a target with a pine cone from farthest away. Cara Michelle Smith, The New Yorker, "A Brief History of Sports," 12 Mar. 2020 The 20 percent of people farthest to the conservative end of the spectrum accounted for almost two-thirds of the untrustworthy articles read. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Data shows who was reading “fake news” before 2016 US election," 4 Mar. 2020 That left only Alaska-Anchorage, Alaska-Fairbanks and Alabama-Huntsville, the W.C.H.A.’s farthest-flung members. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "How Many Hockey Teams Does it Take to Make a Conference?," 19 Feb. 2020 But a recent spate of development on Okinawa is turning one of the country’s farthest-flung islands into Japan’s very own version of Hawaii. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Honeymoon in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 Alaska’s farthest-north town may also be its first to impose a tax on most sodas and other sweetened drinks. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Utqiagvik residents to vote on ‘soda tax’ that would benefit youth programs," 29 Sep. 2019 But Steuben’s is the group’s farthest reaching endeavor in terms of locations and audience. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "These classic Denver restaurants never get old, even after decades in business," 23 Oct. 2019 The new conference would consolidate the seven Midwestern schools, while doing away with the WCHA’s farthest-flung members. Austin Monteith, Twin Cities, "Bemidji and Mankato among seven schools looking to leave WCHA," 29 June 2019 In contrast, one of the objectives that the world is farthest from meeting concerns gender equality. The Economist, "The world is a long way from meeting its gender-equality target," 5 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'farthest.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of farthest


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about farthest

Time Traveler for farthest

Time Traveler

The first known use of farthest was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for farthest

Cite this Entry

“Farthest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farthest. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for farthest


How to pronounce farthest (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of farthest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most distant in space or time



English Language Learners Definition of farthest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to or at the greatest distance in space or time
: to the most advanced point
chiefly US : by the greatest degree or extent


far·​thest | \ ˈfär-t͟həst How to pronounce farthest (audio) \

Kids Definition of farthest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most distant the farthest end of the beach



Kids Definition of farthest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to or at the greatest distance in space or time She ran farthest.
2 : to the most advanced point

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on farthest

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for farthest

Spanish Central: Translation of farthest

Nglish: Translation of farthest for Spanish Speakers

Comments on farthest

What made you want to look up farthest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!