rastafarian


rastafarian

noun

  1. a follower of Rastafarianism.

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Rastafarianism or Rastafarians.

noun

  1. a member of an originally Jamaican religion that regards Ras Tafari (the former emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie) as God

adjective

  1. of, characteristic of, or relating to the Rastafarians
n.

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.

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