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[ras-tuh, rah-stuh] /ˈræs tə, ˈrɑ stə/
Rastafarian (def 1).
Rastafarian (def 2).
Origin of Rasta
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Examples from the Web for Rasta
Contemporary Examples
  • Red Stripe, an inexpensive Jamaican export, gained popularity in the U.S. in lockstep with reggae and Rasta.

    The Beer Summit Mark Katz July 27, 2009
Historical Examples
  • I had offered him a mortal insult and stirred up a worse hornet's nest than Rasta's push.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • First of all, there was Rasta, whom I had insulted and who wouldn't forget it in a hurry.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • He did not notice Rasta, and walked straight to the table and plumped down his burden on it.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • My friend Rasta was standing by the table, on which he had laid an envelope.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • I told him about Rasta, and he agreed that I had done right.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • I am bound to say for Rasta that he was a man of quick action.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • The next second Peter had wrenched the pistol from Rasta's hand and had gripped his throat.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • This Rasta thought he had found a chance of delaying us, so he invents this trash about spies.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • In a hectic sentence I bade him get Rasta's orderly out of the place on any pretext, and tell him his master would return later.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for Rasta


noun, adjective
short for Rastafarian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Rasta

1955; see Rastafarian. From 1962 as a noun. Related: Rastaman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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