cor·​ral | \ kə-ˈral How to pronounce corral (audio) , -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


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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The right fork heads to a rustic corral and a sizable water hole called Hunting Tank. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2022 The mob took the two men up New High Street to the gate of an old corral. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 11 May 2022 The bison bucked and snorted, their big eyes peering between the wooden slats of the corral. David Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2022 The boys were playing with heavy equipment toys inside the corral at the time of the crash. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 5 May 2022 Volunteers trailing the last corral serve as pace-setters for the 18-minute mile. Channing King, The Indianapolis Star, 5 May 2022 The roads will be closed during the races and reopen following the Louisville Metro Police trail car, which will start after the last corral of runners crosses the start line, according to organizers. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 28 Apr. 2022 Committee members had questions of their own, bringing up a mysterious illness that has killed 85 horses in a federal corral in Colorado, the millions of chickens killed to prevent the spread of the avian flu and the spread of disease by mink. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 So, before dawn on a Friday in February, the pair set out through the slush to conquer that stub of concrete on the fringes of the city limits, pausing only to take a few photos and return a runaway shopping cart to a Walmart corral. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The owners were also on hand, trying to track down and corral the fugitive bovine. Emily Sweeney,, 13 July 2022 The process was well-organized with a like-number of police and health workers to corral the 100+ passengers into buses and mini-vans to be quarantined in their residential district. Russell Flannery, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The album, and its novel method of release, became a global news story, demonstrating the power of superstars on social media to corral their fans and bend the rules of the business to their favor. New York Times, 16 June 2022 Not just anyone could corral a 10-episode saga with three interlocking narratives spanning 110 years and hundreds of parts, and suggest its sweep and its intimacy. Elizabeth Weinberg, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 His throw home arrived low and catcher Jonah Heim could not corral it as Laureano slid in safely with the go-ahead run. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2022 Motte, who started raising his arms in anticipation of a goal, couldn’t corral the rebound. Vin A. Cherwoo, Hartford Courant, 22 May 2022 To her credit, Ms. Walsh doesn’t corral the information into a neat and tidy thesis. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 13 May 2022 To Paterson, who struggled himself to corral the machinery of government, the better question is what Cuomo is missing out on. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of corral


1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corral

Noun and Verb

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

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12 Jul 2022

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cor·​ral | \ kə-ˈral How to pronounce corral (audio) \

Kids Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an enclosure for keeping or capturing animals


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

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