What Does RASTA Mean?

RASTA means "Rastafarian." A Rastafarian is a person who adheres to the Rastafari belief. The Rastafari belief developed in Jamaica in the 1930s after the 1930 coronation of Haile Selassie I as Emperor of Ethiopia. Those who follow the Rastafari way of life are known as Rastafari, Rastas or Rastafarians. The term Rastafari comes from Ras (which means head in Amharic) and Tafari Makonnen, which was Haile Selassie I's first name before his coronation.

Online, the term RASTA is used far more widely to refer to people who dress and act in a similar fashion to the late singer Bob Marley, who is undoubtedly the most famous Rastafarian. Typically, this would include wearing their hair in dreadlocks, smoking weed, and wearing clothing which is red, gold and green (the colours of the Ethiopian flag).

Summary of Key Points

"Rastafarian" is the most common definition for RASTA on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write RASTA, I mean this: meaning of RASTA A RASTA is someone who adheres to the Rastafari belief.


Examples of RASTA in Sentences

Here are examples of RASTA being used in conversations:
  • Tony: I think I might become a RASTA.
  • Jordan: Why?
  • Jordan: I found a red, gold and green hat on the moor.
  • Tony: Why have you started talking like a RASTA and walking with a cool swagger?
  • Jordan: Ah, sorry, I've been listening to a lot of Bob Marley recently.

An Academic Look at RASTA

RASTA is a shortened version of Rastafarian and is therefore classified as a contraction.

Example of RASTA Used in a Text


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