Definition of tafia in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtafēə/ /ˈtæfiə/

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West Indian
  • A drink similar to rum, distilled from molasses or waste from the production of brown sugar.

    ‘Excise taxes, the levy on whiskey, brandy, gin, and vodka will be standardized at $15 per liter, while rum and tafia will attract an excise tax of $10 per liter.’
    • ‘Sugar is very difficult to ship; rum and tafia can be handled with less risk.’
    • ‘Sugar, molasses, tafia, and rum were the chief exports, but there is less profit in these products of cane nowadays.’


Via French from West Indian creole, alteration of ratafia.