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Years active 1950s-present
Territory Jamaica, United States, Canada, United Kingdom

Yardie (or Yaadi) is a term derived from the Jamaican patois for home or "yard".[1] Persons of Jamaican origin thus came to be known as Yardies, particularly within the Caribbean expatriate community outside Jamaica.


  1. ^ Allsop, Richard (2010). New Register of Caribbean English Usage. Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press. ISBN 978-976-640-298-3.