Ras·​ta·​far·​i·​an ˌra-stə-ˈfer-ē-ən How to pronounce Rastafarian (audio)
: an adherent of Rastafarianism
Rastafarian adjective

Examples of Rastafarian in a Sentence

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Word History


Ras Tafari, precoronation name of Haile Selassie

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Rastafarian was in 1955

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“Rastafarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rastafarian. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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