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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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  • No extra horses had been corralled the night before, of that he was sure.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Some one of the corralled and scourged may stick a smile into his back.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • This he carried over to near where the horses were corralled.

  • It is just above the plain where the cattle are corralled until they are shipped to Cuba.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
  • "If they are our fellows, we've got them corralled," remarked Loring.

    George at the Fort

    Harry Castlemon
  • "Yes, but I don't much like the way we have 'corralled' them," returned Carey.

    George at the Fort

    Harry Castlemon
  • "I'll join you as soon as I see that you have corralled your man," replied George.

    George at the Fort

    Harry Castlemon
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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