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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Outside our admittedly not-very-private corral, dozens of teens and 20-somethings press in and reach for his hand. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "At Hypebeast’s new streetwear festival, even the toddlers are cool and rich," 8 Oct. 2018 Once the baby transitions to the crib, repurpose it as a decorative corral for stuffed animals or blankets. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Nursery Decor Essentials," 22 Jan. 2018 Those that aren't sold or adopted are transferred to privately contracted corrals and pastures for the long term. Fox News, "Drought forces emergency measures for US West's wild horses," 23 July 2018 Standing in the corral for 40 minutes, I am not permitted to leave to go to the bathroom, but I am permitted to look around my immediate vicinity. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "At Hypebeast’s new streetwear festival, even the toddlers are cool and rich," 8 Oct. 2018 Seeing how easily bikes fit into a car parking space should also tempt businesses to fill the space in front of their doors with a bike corral. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Let’s organize the city outside our front door with as much care as we do our homes," 30 Aug. 2018 The Seattle Department of Transportation plans to use fee revenue to administer the program, conducting twice-yearly audits on the companies to ensure proper bike parking, and to build up to 200 new bike-parking corrals throughout the city. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "City Council approves new bike-share rules, prompting ofo to leave Seattle," 31 July 2018 There are reasons for concern: zero regulations, no corrals or parking spots, and worries about smacking pedestrians. San Francisco Chronicle, "Little kid traffic hazards," 17 Apr. 2018 Also see how Hayes corrals, among others, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maxine Waters, Emily Dickinson, Prince and Eurydice as shields, as code words, to repel would-be assassins. Walton Muyumba, latimes.com, "The right poetry collection for right now: Terrance Hayes' 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin'," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Perhaps no other artist has been better at corralling different voices into working together than Charli XCX. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The New Women of Pop Are Choosing Sisterhood Over Competition," 21 June 2018 Moustakas went to the ground, corralled the ball and tossed it just wide of first base. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Mark Trumbo's eighth-inning hit dooms Royals in loss to Orioles | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Berry transformed a shallow, door-less closet from an eyesore into a charming storage space by lining it with striped wallpaper and adding decorative baskets for corralling toys and gear. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Gray Malin Reveals His Twins' Beachy-Luxe Playroom," 26 Nov. 2018 There was plenty to do, from corralling the young bridesmaids and pageboys to giving her reading from The Great Gatsby during the ceremony. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice Wore the Cutest Bee Brooch to Her Sister Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 South Korea would roll out for Kim's protection thousands of police officers who are well used to corralling Seoul's vibrant, very occasionally violent protesters. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge," 20 Sep. 2018 Some Justices have stood out for talking, others by staying silent, a few by corralling others to join their opinions. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 In one of the tunnels, a gargantuan Mr. Incredible tries unsuccessfully to corral his son, while the scent of Jack-Jack’s favorite treats, Cookie Num Nums, wafts in the air. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Low humidity, gusty winds and hot temperatures continued to challenge the 2,700 personnel working to corral the fire in Spring Valley from dawn to dusk on Tuesday. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Northern California wildfires: Pawnee Fire grows as others approach containment," 27 June 2018

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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 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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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

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