- a follower of Rastafarianism.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Rastafarianism or Rastafarians.
Origin of Rastafarian
- 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
Word Origin and History for rastafarian
1955 (Rastafarite is found from 1953), from Rastafari, Jamaican religion built around writings of Marcus Garvey and belief that Haile Selassie (1892-1975), former emperor of Ethiopia, was God. From Ras Tafari, Selassie's title from 1916 to his accession in 1936, from Amharic ras "chief, head" (from Arabic ra's) + tafari "to be feared." As an adjective from 1960.