Definition of corral in English:


Syllabification: cor·ral
Pronunciation: /kəˈral

verb (corrals, corralling, corralled)

[with object]
1Gather together and confine (a group of people or things): the organizers were corralling the crowd into marching formation
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  • There was one debate over where they would all sleep and whether they would all be moved into particular areas so that they would be corralled together.
  • Cars, which run on a vegetable oil fuel called biodiesel, are corralled together instead of parked outside each residence.
  • I managed to get out just before the riot squad made a shield tunnel and corralled the crowd.
get, capture, collect, pick up, round up
2chiefly North American Put or keep (livestock) in a corral.
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  • I once read an article about a guy who corralled a herd of particularly wily mustangs by just quietly pushing them from 3 miles back.
  • Farmers were busy corralling animals that had climbed over snow banks and strayed from their land.
  • We went into the woods and beat the trees with sticks until all manner of livestock stampeded out and were corralled into our barn.
enclose, confine, lock up, shut up, shut in, fence in, pen in, wall in, cage, cage in, coop up
2.1 historical Form (wagons) into a corral.
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  • As the wagons were corralled into an even tighter circle at the Crescent, the Trust arrived like the cavalry in the nick of time.
  • Next day, Sully led his army back toward the corralled wagon train on Heart River, reaching the anxious civilians on the evening of July 31.


North American Back to top  
1A pen for livestock, especially cattle or horses, on a farm or ranch.
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  • The Punchestown Boys rode into town saying they were going to build a corral for cattle and horses that would be good for the town.
  • The adult tick does not feed and may live in and around corrals, barns and cattle loafing areas for a year or more waiting to mate.
  • Solar-powered gates can be used at the end of residential driveways, on rural access roads, for livestock corrals, and in many other areas.
1.1 historical A defensive enclosure of wagons in an encampment.


late 16th century: from Spanish and Old Portuguese (now curral), perhaps based on Latin currere 'to run'. Compare with kraal.

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