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  1. an enclosure or pen for horses, cattle, etc.
  2. 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.
  1. to confine in or as if in a corral.
  2. Informal.
    1. to seize; capture.
    2. to collect, gather, or garner: to corral votes.
  3. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for corralled

pen, confine, cage

Examples from the Web for corralled

Contemporary Examples of corralled

  • This was where they corralled their livestock at night, and where the warm smell of animals still lingered.

  • The Internet is too protean and easy to penetrate to be corralled by either the power of money or lobbyist influence-peddling.

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    We Need a New Ross Perot

    Joel Kotkin

    April 23, 2010

  • The Democratic women were corralled to vote for Obama in 2008 because of one issue: reproductive rights.

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    Should Women Back Palin in 2012?

    Amy Siskind

    October 4, 2009

Historical Examples of corralled

  • 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.

  • 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

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

    George at the Fort

    Harry Castlemon

British Dictionary definitions for corralled


  1. mainly US and Canadian an enclosure for confining cattle or horses
  2. mainly US (formerly) a defensive enclosure formed by a ring of covered wagons
verb -rals, -ralling or -ralled (tr) US and Canadian
  1. to drive into and confine in or as in a corral
  2. 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



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