Rastafarian

Rastafarian

[ras-tuh-fair-ee-uhn, -fahr-, rah-stuh-]
noun
1.
a follower of Rastafarianism.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Rastafarianism or Rastafarians.

Origin:
< Amharic ras täfäri Prince Tafari, the pre-coronation name of Haile Selassie (ras prince, orig., head; täfäri an Amharic personal name, literally, (one to be) feared, respected, present participle from passive stem färra (v.) fear, respect) + -an

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Rastafarian (ˌræstəˈfɛərɪən)
 
n
1.  a member of an originally Jamaican religion that regards Ras Tafari (the former emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie) as God
 
adj
2.  of, characteristic of, or relating to the Rastafarians

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Rastafarian
1953 (Rastafarite), 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." Shortened form Rasta is recorded from 1955.
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