[[t]ˌræs təˈfɛər i ən, -ˈfɑr-, ˌrɑ stə-[/t]] n.
1) rel a follower of Rastafarianism
2) rel of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Rastafarianism or Rastafarians
Etymology: 1950–55; < Amharic ras tӓfӓri Prince Tafari, the pre-coronation name of Haile Selassie + -an I

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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