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or taf·fi·a

  1. a type of rum made in Haiti from lower grades of molasses, refuse sugar, or the like.
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Origin of tafia

1755–65, Americanism; < West Indian French; aphetic variant of ratafia ratafia
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Historical Examples of tafia

  • The next day we went to visit a tafia property in the neighbourhood.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • Sugar is very difficult to ship; rum and tafia can be handled with less risk.

  • One sou of bread, two sous of manioc flour, one sou of dried codfish, one sou of tafia: such is their meal.

  • Each wagon discharges a certain number of barrels of tafia, and simultaneously the young men strip.

British Dictionary definitions for tafia



  1. a type of rum, esp from Guyana or the Caribbean
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Word Origin for tafia

C18: from French, from West Indian Creole, probably from ratafia
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