[ kuh-ral ]
/ kəˈræl /
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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), cor·ralled, cor·ral·ling.

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.



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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
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British Dictionary definitions for corral

/ (kɒˈrɑːl) /


mainly US and Canadian an enclosure for confining cattle or horses
mainly US (formerly) a defensive enclosure formed by a ring of covered wagons

verb -rals, -ralling or -ralled (tr) US and Canadian

to drive into and confine in or as in a corral
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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