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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After breakfast, Adams piloted Polly over the premises, from the corral to the office.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • The horses that kick over the traces will have to be put in a corral.

  • Ricker and his men were now riding up to the corral at top speed.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • Looking at the corral, we felt, to our sorrow, that they had already done so.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • They're gettin' off their horses, and tyin' them to the corral fence.

    The Shepherd of the Hills Harold Bell Wright
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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