- a follower of Rastafarianism.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Rastafarianism or Rastafarians.
- 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
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.