Definition of trustafarian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtrəstəˈferēən/


A wealthy young person who adopts an alternative lifestyle incorporating elements from non-Western cultures.
Example sentences
  • Apart from a few spoiled Trustafarians, young people with large debts do not have any capital to fall back on.
  • If he's accompanied by the security services, I must say they disguise themselves as Trustafarians and Chianti-drinkers very well.
  • At the same time I'd observe that Trustafarians are victims too.


1990s: blend of trust fund and Rastafarian.

  • reggae from [1960s]:

    This word for a popular style of music with a strongly accented subsidiary beat may be related to Jamaican English rege-rege ‘quarrel, row’. At one time reggae was strongly associated with Rastafarians (mid 20th century). They got their name from their belief that Ras Tafari, another name for the Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethopia (1892–1975), was God Incarnate. This word has been a model for new coinages, of which the best known is the trustafarian—young people who can spend their time having fun because they have an income from a trust fund.

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Syllabification: trust·a·far·i·an

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