noun \ˈkrl, ˈkräl\

Definition of KRAAL

a :  a village of southern African natives
b :  the native village community
:  an enclosure for animals especially in southern Africa

Origin of KRAAL

Afrikaans, from Portuguese curral pen for cattle, enclosure, from Vulgar Latin *currale enclosure for vehicles — more at corral
First Known Use: 1731

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Definition of KRAAL

transitive verb
:  to pen in a kraal

First Known Use of KRAAL



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In southern Africa, an enclosure or group of houses surrounding an enclosure for livestock, or the social unit that inhabits these structures. The term has been more broadly used to describe the associated way of life. Among some Zulus, the traditional kraal consists of a number of huts arranged in a circle around a cattle corral. Where polygyny is practiced, each wife often has her own hut. The word kraal has also been applied to the temporary encampments of the Masai of eastern Africa.


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