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Rand

[rand] /rænd/
noun
1.
Ayn
[ahyn] /aɪn/ (Show IPA),
1905–82, U.S. novelist and essayist, born in Russia.
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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
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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."

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