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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 28, 2009
Historical Examples
  • I told him about Rasta, and he agreed that I had done right.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • These maniacs had delivered us for the moment from Rasta and his friends.

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

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

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

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

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • Alan craned his neck to see a pair of bearded neohippies in Rasta hats.

  • I had offered him a mortal insult and stirred up a worse hornet's nest than Rasta's push.

    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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