follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

Rand

[rand] /rænd/
noun
1.
Ayn
[ahyn] /aɪn/ (Show IPA),
1905–82, U.S. novelist and essayist, born in Russia.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for a. rand

rand1

/rænd; rɒnt/
noun
1.
the standard monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, divided into 100 cents
Word Origin
C20: from Afrikaans, shortened from Witwatersrand, referring to the gold-mining there; related to rand²

rand2

/rænd/
noun
1.
(shoemaking) a leather strip put in the heel of a shoe before the lifts are put on
2.
(dialect)
  1. a strip or margin; border
  2. a strip of cloth; selvage
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old High German rant border, rim of a shield, Old Norse rönd shield, rim

Rand

/rænd/
noun
1.
the Rand, short for Witwatersrand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for a. rand

rand

n.

"rocky ridge overlooking a river valley," 1839, South African English, from Afrikaans, from Dutch rand "edge, margin," cognate with Old English rand "brink, bank." As a unit of currency, adopted by the Republic of South Africa in 1961 (see Krugerrand). Johnson's dictionary has rand "Border; seam: as the rand of a woman's shoe."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Abbreviations for a. rand

RAND

research and development
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for a. rand

rand

monetary unit of South Africa. Each rand is divided into 100 cents. The South African Reserve Bank has the exclusive authority to issue coins and banknotes in the country. Coins range in denomination from 5 cents to 50 rand. Banknotes are denominated in values from 10 to 200 rand. During the apartheid era, when the country's white-minority regime ruled through restrictive legislation, banknotes contained historical figures associated with that regime. Since the peaceful transition to full democratic rule in the early 1990s, banknotes have been adorned with colourful images of wildlife; they include the rhinoceros (10-rand note), elephant (20-rand note), lion (50-rand note), buffalo (100-rand note), and leopard (200-rand note). The country's coins, which contain images of plant and animal life, feature the use of South Africa's various languages to render the country's name. South Africa used the British pound sterling until 1921, when the South African pound was introduced. South Africa adopted the rand in 1961; it replaced the pound at a rate of 2 rand for 1 pound

Learn more about rand with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Rand

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for a

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for a. rand