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or craal

  1. an enclosure for cattle and other domestic animals in southern Africa.
  2. 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.
  3. such a village as a social unit.
  4. an enclosure where wild animals are exhibited, as in a zoo.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to shut up in a krall, as cattle.
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Origin of kraal

1725–35; < Afrikaans < Portuguese curral pen; see corral
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Historical Examples of 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 Defence of Duffer's Drift

    Ernest Dunlop Swinton

  • The Kaffirs of the kraal we had impressed to assist at once.

    The Defence of Duffer's Drift

    Ernest Dunlop Swinton

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for kraal


  1. a hut village in southern Africa, esp one surrounded by a stockade
  2. an enclosure for livestock
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  1. denoting or relating to the tribal aspects of the Black African way of life
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  1. (tr) to enclose (livestock) in a kraal
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Word Origin for 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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