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[kuh-ral] /kəˈræl/
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.
  1. to seize; capture.
  2. to collect, gather, or garner:
    to corral votes.
to form (wagons) into a corral.
Origin of 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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Examples from the web for corral
  • Create a binder or a file folder to corral paper items that come up for each course.
  • 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.
  • The third was, as someone put it, merely a feral horse that got away from someone's corral.
  • It's easy to corral one or two head, but dealing with herds requires nimble fingers.
  • So there's three ways that we've found to corral email into one easy-to-use place.
  • Almost immediately, he says, the herd began moving towards the corral.
  • But none of the five other teams was able to corral enough power from the searchlight even to get off the launch gantry.
  • Flopping over isn't a problem if you corral them early with some kind of low, metal or wood-type barrier.
British Dictionary definitions for corral


(mainly US & Canadian) an enclosure for confining cattle or horses
(mainly US) (formerly) a defensive enclosure formed by a ring of covered wagons
verb (transitive) (US & Canadian) -rals, -ralling, -ralled
to drive into and confine in or as in a corral
(informal) to capture
Word Origin
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 and History for corral

1580s, from Spanish corral, from corro "ring," Portuguese curral, of uncertain origin. Perhaps ultimately African, or from Vulgar Latin *currale "enclosure for vehicles," from Latin currus "two-wheeled vehicle," from currere "to run."


1847, from corral (n.); meaning "to lay hold of, collar," is U.S. slang from 1860. Related: Corraled.

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