corral

[ kuh-ral ]
/ kəˈræl /

noun

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.
Informal.
  1. to seize; capture.
  2. to collect, gather, or garner: to corral votes.
to form (wagons) into a corral.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. corpuscular theory,
  2. corpuscule,
  3. corpusculum,
  4. corr.,
  5. corrade,
  6. corrasion,
  7. corrasive,
  8. correa,
  9. correct,
  10. correcting plate

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

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corralled


British Dictionary definitions for corralled

corral

/ (kɒˈrɑːl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for corral

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for corralled
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper