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

Definition of rand

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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 ˈīn (audio)\ 1905–1982 American (Russian-born) writer

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The paper is a thick, slippery plastic that mimics the texture of the rand. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 Short-rand positions versus the dollar jumped last week by the most since December to a three-month high, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Colleen Goko, Bloomberg.com, "South African Rand Is Back to Its Bad Old Way," 21 May 2018 The dollar was up 0.6% against the Brazilian real and gained 1.1% against the South African rand while rising against a broad range of other emerging-market currencies. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "China Data Weigh on Emerging-Market Currencies," 28 Feb. 2019 The crisis has added to the gloom surrounding South African assets, pushing the rand lower and sending stocks to six-month lows. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "South African Finance Minister Resigns," 9 Oct. 2018 The dollar was up 1.6% against the Brazilian real in late New York trading, and gained against the South African rand, Turkish lira and other emerging-market currencies. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Emerging-Market Currencies Drop," 22 Jan. 2019 In the wake of the announcement, the rand, South Africa’s currency, surged in value. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: South Africa to withdraw, North Carolina to redraw," 29 Aug. 2018 In emerging markets, the dollar rose 1.6% against the South African rand and 0.3% against the Brazilian real. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Investors Pile Into U.S. Dollar," 10 Dec. 2018 Photo: philippe huguen/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images In emerging markets, the dollar was down 0.2% against the Mexican peso and fell 1.3% against the South African rand. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Weakens After U.S.-China Trade Truce," 3 Dec. 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rand


the Rand, South Africa

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

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