[ ras-tuh-fair-ee-uhn, -fahr-, rah-stuh- ]
/ ˌræs təˈfɛər i ən, -ˈfɑr-, ˌrɑ stə- /
a follower of Rastafarianism.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Rastafarianism or Rastafarians.
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Origin of Rastafarian
First recorded in 1935; from Amharic ras täfäri “Prince Tafari,” the pre-coronation name of Haile Selassie (ras “prince,” originally, “head”; täfäri an Amharic personal name, literally, “(one to be) feared, respected,” present participle from passive stem of the verb färra “fear, respect”) + -an
Words nearby Rastafarian
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British Dictionary definitions for Rastafarian
/ (ˌræstəˈfɛərɪən) /
a member of an originally Jamaican religion that regards Ras Tafari (the former emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie) as God
of, characteristic of, or relating to the Rastafarians
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