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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 corralling

pen, confine, cage

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British Dictionary definitions for corralling


  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
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Word Origin and History for corralling



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.

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