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

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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 Riders should monitor Capital Bikeshare social media for announcements about bike corrals on game day. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Even if you’re not a hockey fan, the Stanley Cup finals are probably going to affect you," 1 June 2018 Take either leg as both converge at a corral complex at the 0.1-mile point. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Great views start right away on this easy Payson hike. Here's how to do it.," 14 May 2020 An elderly man -- among the most at-risk for the virus --- ferried used carts from the Publix parking lot to the corral without any form of PPE. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Grocery workers are getting sick, some are dead. Who has their back?," 25 Apr. 2020 Location, location, location Tombstone's Fremont Street in 1882 UIG/ALBUM The shoot-out between the Earps and the cowboys did not technically take place at the Old Kindersley horse corral. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 26 Mar. 2020 French is standing in a corral on a cloudy morning in a pasture just north of APR, where his parents, Bill and Corky French, have convened four generations of family and neighbors to brand their calves. National Geographic, "Two visions collide amid push to restore Montana plains," 16 Jan. 2020 The horse of your dreams is in this corral right now. CBS News, "Wild horses are up for adoption for as little as $25 in Northern California," 21 Dec. 2019 Food providers on base are takeout only, the food truck corral is closed, and recreational facilities and gyms are closed. Leada Gore |, al, "Coronavirus shutdowns: What’s open, what’s closed?," 16 Mar. 2020 There is a separate guest/caretaker/studio/carriage home and two barns with new metal roofs plus a 80-by-120-foot corral and 80-by-80-foot corral and two wells. oregonlive, "Are Oregon’s cut-rate fixer-upper homes ugly or an opportunity?," 7 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democratic primary because no candidate could corral the necessary support. Joe Garofoli,, "Will Bernie Sanders’ backers get behind Biden? Key endorsement vote will be a sign," 1 July 2020 Abbott said in the statement that Texas doesn't want to go backwards and close down businesses, but the temporary order will help corral the spread of cases. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Texas bar owners suing state's governor over forced closures," 30 June 2020 This thermometer from iProven is a great way to get multiple measurements without having to corral or disturb your little one. Popular Science, "Child thermometers that help will keep your family healthy," 17 June 2020 The white peacocks that wander the gardens of St. John the Divine have been corralled and the cathedral has assembled a silent congregation of two hundred sickbeds. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 15 May 2020 Boats with water-floating booms have corralled the oil into an increasingly smaller footprint on the water. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "'Series of misfortunes’ led to this month’s oily water spill in Valdez," 24 Apr. 2020 If not for the work of junior forward Jericho Sims, who corralled six offensive rebounds and 15 total, Baylor’s rebounding edge might have been even more substantive. Nick Moyle,, "To stay afloat in Big 12, Texas needs Jericho Sims to stay aggressive," 7 Jan. 2020 More than a hundred thousand have been corralled into detention camps. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Our failure to recognize past genocide makes it a present threat," 17 Dec. 2019 Prescott, who corralled a high shotgun snap, zipped it toward Cooper, but in a flash, Gilmore cut underneath, laid out, and snatched it., "“That was an outstanding play, probably one of the best plays we’ve had all season,’’ Bill Belichick said Monday morning.," 26 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of corral was in 1582

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3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Corral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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



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

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


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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