[kroo-guh-rand, -rahnd]

Origin of Krugerrand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for krugerrand


  1. a South African coin used for investment only and containing 1 troy ounce of gold

Word Origin for Krugerrand

C20: from S. J. P. Kruger + rand 1
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Word Origin and History for krugerrand



also Kruger rand, 1967, South African gold coin (issued for investment purposes) bearing a portrait of Transvaal President Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger (1825-1904); second element is rand, unit of decimal currency introduced in Republic of South Africa 1961, named for The Rand, gold-mining area in Transvaal, short for Witwatersrand (see rand).

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