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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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  • It is their instinct to shun the light, and they cannot be corralled in one place long enough to be counted.
  • Your entire team has been corralled into a conference room and told by your boss to become more creative as a unit.
  • Scattered over the slopes are fenced enclosures where the cattle are corralled nightly during the warm months.
  • The elk was eventually corralled back into his enclosure.
  • These are corralled into a tight beam by magnets and then allowed to impinge on the sample under investigation.
  • There is something odd about seeing street art corralled for purchase.
  • Before the picture talks itself out he has corralled some of the earthlings into digging ditches around his space boat.
  • Some excellent comedians have been corralled for the occasion, but they have nothing of startling novelty to engage them.
  • Their lands would be stolen from them outright, or if not, they'd be corralled into small pockets of land.
  • There is no out of bounds, which means every ball is alive and must be corralled.
British Dictionary definitions for corralled


(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 corralled



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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