corral

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish corral. Doublet of kraal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kəˈɹæl/, /kəˈɹɑːl/
  • Rhymes: -æl
  • Hyphenation: cor‧ral

Noun[edit]

corral (plural corrals)

  1. An enclosure for livestock, especially a circular one.
    We had a small corral out back where we kept our pet llama.
  2. An enclosure or area to concentrate a dispersed group.
    Please return the shopping carts to the corral.
  3. A circle of wagons, either for the purpose of trapping livestock, or for defense.
    The wagon train formed a corral to protect against Comanche attacks.

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  • crawl (Jamaican English)
  • kraal (South African English)

Verb[edit]

corral (third-person singular simple present corrals, present participle corralling or (US) corraling, simple past and past participle corralled or (US) corraled)

  1. To capture or round up.
    The lawyer frantically tried to corral his notes as his briefcase fell open.
    Between us, we managed to corral the puppy in the kitchen.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed. And thus we came by a circuitous route to Mohair, the judge occupied by his own guilty thoughts, and I by others not less disturbing.
    • 1964 March, “News and Comment: Coal concentration in Birmingham”, in Modern Railways, page 152:
      By the end of this year the work of 168 coal depots scattered throughout the Birmingham Division will have been coralled [sic] into about two dozen concentration depots.
    • 2019 November 16, Austin Ramzy; Chris Buckley, “‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims”, in New York Times[1]:
      They provide an unprecedented inside view of the continuing clampdown in Xinjiang, in which the authorities have corralled as many as a million ethnic Uighurs, Kazakhs and others into internment camps and prisons over the past three years.
  2. To place inside of a corral.
    After we corralled the last steer, we headed off to the chuck wagon for dinner.
  3. To make a circle of vehicles, as of wagons so as to form a corral.
    The cattle drivers corralled their wagons for the night.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *currale (place for keeping a chariot), from currus (chariot). Compare Portuguese curral.

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Noun[edit]

corral m (plural corrales)

  1. (cattle) corral, enclosure
    Synonym: cercado
    pollos de corralfree-range chickens

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: corral
  • Mecayapan Nahuatl: cóla̱l
  • San Juan Colorado Mixtec: cora

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