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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Example sentences
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.
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