\ ˈrand How to pronounce rand (audio) , ˈränd, ˈränt \
plural rand

Definition of rand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

the basic monetary unit of South Africa — see Money Table


biographical name
\ ˈrand How to pronounce Rand (audio) \

Definition of Rand (Entry 2 of 2)

Ayn \ ˈīn How to pronounce Rand (audio) \ 1905–1982 American (Russian-born) writer

Examples of rand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The demand for accommodation is so high that two-bedroom flats can rake in more than 20,000 rand per month, about the same as more salubrious parts of Johannesburg. The Economist, "Yeoville Hard times and hotplates in the most diverse district in Africa," 18 Dec. 2019 When the bank went public in February 2002, its shares were worth little more than 1 rand (7 US cents). Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Gold cards for everyone. How a bank for the forgotten made its investors very rich," 29 Nov. 2019 Other emerging-market currencies also declined: the Brazilian real was off around 3%, the South African rand lost around 2% and the Argentine peso, Russian ruble and Mexican peso all fell. ... Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Turkish Lira Falls Against U.S. Dollar," 22 Mar. 2019 Power cuts have already weighed on South Africa’s rand and bonds, and present a huge risk to smelters, mines and and other energy-intensive businesses. Washington Post, "Why Eskom’s Power Crisis Is South Africa’s Top Risk," 18 Sep. 2019 Emerging-market currencies, including the Brazilian real, Indian rupee and South African rand, fell. The Economist, "The trade war escalates, and the fog of war descends," 8 Aug. 2019 What’s Happening The South African rand, Brazilian real and Russian ruble have all surged more than 4% against the dollar in the first six weeks of 2019, along with rising stock markets around the world. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "The Rally in Emerging-Market Currencies Needs More Fuel to Continue," 8 Feb. 2019 The sandwich, $8.95, is a fried chicken breast drizzled with Buffalo sauce and served with bacon and blue cheese rand dressing on a ciabatta bun. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston celebs tapped to create sandwiches for charity," 20 Aug. 2019 Zimbabwe later introduced a local currency called the bond note in 2016 to trade alongside the dollar, the British pound, the South African rand and other currencies. Washington Post, "Zimbabwe president praises re-introduction of local currency," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of rand


1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rand


the Rand, South Africa

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25 Dec 2019

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“Rand.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rand. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rand

: the basic unit of money in the Republic of South Africa

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