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

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Afrikaans, from Dutch rand; compare English rand.


  1. (with definite article) The Witwatersrand, a gold-mining geographic area also known as the Reef in the province of Gauteng, South Africa, of which the principal city is Johannesburg.

Related terms

mining area

See also



Old High German rant, cognate with Old English rand.


Rand m (plural Ränder)

Extensive Definition

Rand may refer to a number of places, people, organizations, and acronyms:



Fictional characters

  • Rand al'Thor, the main character in Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time fantasy fiction series
  • Rand (Robotech), a character from the fictional Third Robotech War
  • Atton Rand, a character from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
  • Janice Rand, a character in the Star Trek universe
  • Iron Fist (comics) (Daniel Rand), a Marvel Comics character

Companies and organizations

Abbreviation or acronym

Other uses

  • South African rand, the national currency of South Africa (abbreviation: R, ISO-4217-Code: ZAR), the Rand is also wdely accepted as currency in Namibia
  • Rand index, a technique for measuring the similarity between two data clusters
  • Rand formula, a formula in Canadian labor law

See also

  • James Randi, American stage magician and skeptic
  • Krugerrand, a South African gold coin
  • Randlord, a term used to denote the entrepreneurs who controlled the diamond and gold mining industries in South Africa in its pioneer phase
Rand in Afrikaans: Rand
Rand in German: Rand
Rand in Spanish: Rand
Rand in French: Rand
Rand in Hebrew: ראנד (פירושונים)
Rand in Lithuanian: Randas
Rand in Dutch: Rand
Rand in Polish: Rand
Rand in Russian: Ранд
Rand in Swedish: Rand
Rand in Volapük: Rand
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