Definition of Rastafarian in English:

Rastafarian

adjective

  • Relating to a religious movement of Jamaican origin holding that Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was the Messiah and that black people are the chosen people and will eventually return to their African homeland.

    Rasta
    and → Rasta
    • ‘The Rastafarian religion inspired by Emperor Haile Selassie is what brought American Gladstone Robinson to Ethiopia 40 years ago.’
    • ‘Jamaica had its home grown Rastafarian revolution and Haiti's refusal to bow is famous.’
    • ‘From Garvey's teachings, the Rastafarian movement emerged in Jamaica in the 1930s.’
    • ‘The two suspects told police they are Rastafarians, but Rastafarian leaders on the island have denounced the attack.’
    • ‘Since 1930 an important part of Rastafarian theology is the idea of repatriation to Africa in order to escape oppression in ‘Babylon.’’
    • ‘The Kebra Negast is a book of Rastafarian spirituality and religious interpretations.’

noun

  • A member of the Rastafarian religious movement. Rastafarians have distinctive codes of behaviour and dress, including the wearing of dreadlocks and the smoking of cannabis, and they follow a diet that excludes pork, shellfish, and milk.

    • ‘Other Rastafarians denounced the violence, saying it violated the religion's belief in peaceful coexistence.’
    • ‘The two suspects told police they are Rastafarians, but Rastafarian leaders on the island have denounced the attack.’
    • ‘The two men were believed to be Rastafarians and members of an anti-Catholic cult.’
    • ‘This is why Rastafarians refer to the repressive outside world as Babylon.’
    • ‘I was part of the Holy Ground; the place the Rastafarians worshipped the leader of their clan, and their God.’

Origin

1930s: from Ras Tafari (see Rastafari) + -an.

Pronunciation:

Rastafarian

/ˌrastəˈfɑːrɪən//ˌrastəˈfɛːrɪən/