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Ras Syllabification: Ras

Definition of Ras in English:


An Ethiopian king, prince, or feudal lord.
Example sentences
  • And just so that you know, the Rastafarian religion got its name from Haile Selassie, who was known as Ras, meaning ‘prince,’ and Tafari was his name.
  • When Ras urges Blacks to unite, he, like Garvey, is not limiting his national movement to Harlem; he is pleading for nationalism throughout the Black diaspora.
  • Iyassu, Menelik's grandson, was Ethiopian Emperor till 1917, when he was deposed by Ras Tafari.


From Amharic rās 'head'.

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