corral

noun
cor·ral | \ kə-ˈral , -ˈrel \

Definition of corral 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pen or enclosure for confining or capturing livestock herded the cattle into the corral

2 : an enclosure made with wagons for defense of an encampment

corral

verb
corralled; corralling

Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to enclose in a corral (see corral entry 1 sense 1) corralled the horses

2 : to arrange (wagons) so as to form a corral (see corral entry 1 sense 2)

3 : collect, gather corralling votes for the upcoming election

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for corral

Synonyms: Noun

cage, coop, hutch, pen, pound

Synonyms: Verb

accumulate, amass, assemble, bulk (up), collect, concentrate, congregate, garner, gather, group, lump, pick up, round up

Antonyms: Verb

dispel, disperse, dissipate, scatter

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of corral in a Sentence

Noun

the horses live in our corral, along with a cow

Verb

corralled everyone in the conference room for a speech by the CEO corralled a scattering of stray pens and quickly stuffed them in the drawer to tidy the desk
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As usual during large events, bike corrals will travel around until 3 p.m. Tuesday to make more room at Capital Bikeshare stations. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "The Caps’ Stanley Cup parade: Here’s everything you need to know.," 11 June 2018 Thousands of runners gathered in race corrals early Saturday morning in Tempe as the sun was just beginning to rise above 'A' Mountain. Derek Hall, azcentral, "28,000 gather in Tempe to honor hero Pat Tillman at 14th annual Pat's Run," 21 Apr. 2018 Elite athletes wore rain jackets and dodged puddles on the sleek pavement and thousands of racers packed in corrals before the start wore trash bags over their outfits. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "This Year’s Boston Marathon Weather Is Rainy and Windy. Runners Say It’s ‘Awesome/Terrible’," 16 Apr. 2018 Out the window, a weak December sun rose above a corral steaming with quarter horses, which Kretz raises and sells. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 There are shuttles running from UC Blue Ash, 9555 Plainfield Road, and a bike corral will be available for those who would like to park their bike on the premises. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Red, White and Blue Ash: What you need to know before you go," 3 July 2018 Electric bike corrals, supporting a total of 1,000 pedal assist bikes, will be set up on opposite ends of the Williamsburg Bridge to create a bike shuttle. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why electric bikes can provide a big jolt to bikeshare systems," 28 June 2018 This state park, 40 minutes from Moab, was once a natural mustang corral and today overlooks a dramatic bend of the Colorado River and the Island in the Sky portion of Canyonlands National Park. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "Visit Westworld for Real," 19 June 2018 A few feet up is the open-air home of Faisal Abu Dayhok, 45, his wife, their six children and 16 ewes and rams that share a cramped corral the size of a two-car garage. New York Times, "As Israel Pushes to Build, Bedouin Homes and School Face Demolition," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After a few near-misses, Leon was able to notch the equalizer in the 66th minute when Walter Gonzalez corralled a bad Pachuca clearance and easily found the back of the net. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "C.F. Pachuca beats Club Leon in third-ever friendly at Miller Park," 11 July 2018 That was the man whom the off-duty officer corralled and held at gunpoint near the bank across the street from the gas station. Joe Robertson And Tess Vrbin, kansascity, "Gunman in Red Bridge Road shootout that hurt child still at large; police want help," 28 June 2018 Ivanka Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a joint appearance at a Republican fundraising event in California on Monday to corral support for the party in the upcoming midterms. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Ivanka Trump joins House leader McCarthy at GOP fundraiser in California," 20 June 2018 Ying attempted to curl the ball past Naeher but the U.S. keeper dove left and was able to corral the shot in the center of her goal and keep China off the scoresheet. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "Watch: Alex Morgan's Header Leads USWNT Past China," 7 June 2018 Nunes did again catch her attention with a snapping leg kick and then was able to corral a charging Pennington and drop her to the floor. John Morgan, USA TODAY, "Amanda Nunes dominates Raquel Pennington in defending bantamweight title at UFC 224," 13 May 2018 West corralled an offensive rebound on the next trip and scored, flexing his biceps for all to see. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bracket bully West Virginia muscles way to Sweet 16," 18 Mar. 2018 Yet none scored, the Orioles left in disbelief and still trailing 3-2 after Chris Davis went the other way against the shift but still saw Maikel Franco corral it on a dive and retire him at first base. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles have their chances, but fail to capitalize in 3-2 loss to Phillies," 4 July 2018 Under pressure from the U.S. as prices were nearing $30 a barrel for the first time since the early 1990s, Saudi Arabia in March 2000 corralled other nations to boost production. Javier Blas, Bloomberg.com, "OPEC Heads to Decisive Meeting With Four Possible Outcomes," 22 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'corral.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of corral

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corral

Noun

Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *currale enclosure for vehicles, from Latin currus cart, from currere to run — more at car

Verb

see corral entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about corral

Dictionary Entries near corral

corpus vile

corr

corrade

corral

correa

correct

correctant

Statistics for corral

Last Updated

27 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for corral

The first known use of corral was in 1582

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for corral

corral

noun

English Language Learners Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area that is surrounded by a fence and that is used for holding animals (such as cows and horses) on a farm or ranch

corral

verb

English Language Learners Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather and put (cows, horses, etc.) into a corral

corral

noun
cor·ral | \ kə-ˈral \

Kids Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an enclosure for keeping or capturing animals

corral

verb
corralled; corralling

Kids Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to confine in or as if in an enclosure corral cattle

2 : to gather or get control over corralling votes

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on corral

What made you want to look up corral? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make amends

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!