or craal

[ krahl ]
/ krɑl /


an enclosure for cattle and other domestic animals in southern Africa.
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.
such a village as a social unit.
an enclosure where wild animals are exhibited, as in a zoo.

verb (used with object)

to shut up in a krall, as cattle.

Origin of kraal

1725–35; < Afrikaans < Portuguese curral pen; see corral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kraal


/ (krɑːl) Southern African /


a hut village in southern Africa, esp one surrounded by a stockade
an enclosure for livestock


denoting or relating to the tribal aspects of the Black African way of life


(tr) to enclose (livestock) in a kraal

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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