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rand (n.)

1839 in South African English, rant, "rocky ridge overlooking a river valley," from Afrikaans, from Dutch rand "edge, margin, rim," from Proto-Germanic *randaz "edge, rim, crust" (source also of Old English rand "brink, bank," Old High German rant "border or rim of a shield," German Rand "edge, border, margin," Old Norse rönd "shield-rim, shield," Swedish rand "stripe, edge, verge").

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." The Old English cognate survived into Middle English as rand "strip or border of land."

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Definitions of rand
1
rand (n.)
the basic unit of money in South Africa; equal to 100 cents;
2
Rand (n.)
United States writer (born in Russia) noted for her polemical novels and political conservativism (1905-1982);
Synonyms: Ayn Rand
Rand (n.)
a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa; contains rich gold deposits and coal and manganese;
Synonyms: Witwatersrand / Reef
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