- an enclosure for cattle and other domestic animals in southern Africa.
- a village of the native peoples of South Africa, usually surrounded by a stockade or the like and often having a central space for livestock.
- such a village as a social unit.
- an enclosure where wild animals are exhibited, as in a zoo.
- to shut up in a krall, as cattle.
Origin of kraal
1725–35; < Afrikaans < Portuguese curral pen; see corral
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Examples from the Web for kraal
He lost it, as the brigadier had foreseen, in the vicinity of Abraham's Kraal.On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
We saw a Kaffir kraal on a hill, and to us "it was nothing more."
The Kaffirs of the kraal we had impressed to assist at once.
We must take the child to the kraal, and give it up to them.
The lion was traced to a grove of trees, about a mile and a half from the kraal.
- a hut village in southern Africa, esp one surrounded by a stockade
- an enclosure for livestock
- denoting or relating to the tribal aspects of the Black African way of life
- (tr) to enclose (livestock) in a kraal
C18: from Afrikaans, from Portuguese curral pen; see corral
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Word Origin and History for kraal
"village, pen, enclosure," 1731, South African, from colonial Dutch kraal, from Portuguese curral (see corral).
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