an enclosure or pen for horses, cattle, etc.
a circular enclosure formed by wagons during an encampment, as by covered wagons crossing the North American plains in the 19th century, for defense against attack.
verb (used with object), corralled, corralling.
to confine in or as if in a corral.
to seize; capture.
to collect, gather, or garner: to corral votes.
to form (wagons) into a corral.

1575–85; < Spanish < Late Latin *currāle enclosure for carts, equivalent to Latin curr(us) wagon, cart (derivative of currere to run) + -āle, neuter of -ālis -al1 Unabridged
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corral (kɒˈrɑːl)
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) an enclosure for confining cattle or horses
2.  chiefly (US) (formerly) a defensive enclosure formed by a ring of covered wagons
vb , -rals, -ralling, -ralled
3.  to drive into and confine in or as in a corral
4.  informal to capture
[C16: from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin currāle (unattested) area for vehicles, from Latin currus wagon, from currere to run]

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Word Origin & History

1582, from Sp. corro but origin uncertain. Perhaps ult. African, or from V.L. *currale "enclosure for vehicles," from L. currus "two-wheeled vehicle." Port. cognate curral is the source of S.African kraal "village, pen, enclosure." The verb meaning "to lay hold of, collar," is U.S. slang from 1860.
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any temporary or permanent theatre structure established in an inn's courtyard in England or a residential courtyard in Spain. Under Elizabeth I, many plays were performed in the courtyards of London inns, with the first-recorded innyard performance in 1557. By 1576 there were five courtyard theatres in London, but they declined thereafter, since by then London had two permanent theatres

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Example sentences
Create a binder or a file folder to corral paper items that come up for each
Workers at the rig tried to contain it, while responders scrambled to corral
  it, burn it or disperse it.
Inside the corral the cowboys separated the stallions from the mares, the foals
  from all the others.
Corral these gases, and they can flow through a fuel cell, generating power
  through the dark hours.
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