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 The inner lining blocks RFID waves to protect your data, and the zippered pocket corrals loose change, hair ties, or guitar picks. Popular Science, "Eco-friendly wallets to keep your cards and cash organized," 26 Dec. 2019 Pumpkin patch open daily through October The Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm will be open daily through Oct. 31 with tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral, Snow’s Pony Rides, food and live entertainment along with pumpkins. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Celtic Pageant winners named," 7 Oct. 2019 At the Double Devil corrals, Highnote paid just $125 to adopt the horse. CBS News, "Wild horses are up for adoption for as little as $25 in Northern California," 21 Dec. 2019 Some would stay alive in corrals or under park quarantine. USA TODAY, "First Spouse Dolls, Snowstang, sand sculpture: News from around our 50 states," 7 Dec. 2019 Race start: First corral at 10:15 a.m. Louisville Turkey Trot 5K This is another big one, with nearly 15,000 participating last year. John Meyer, The Know, "9 turkey trots so you don’t feel like a plump Butterball this Thanksgiving," 14 Nov. 2019 Shuttles: 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,, "Red, White and Blue Ash: What to know before you go," 2 July 2019 Pendley said he was encouraged by the fact the agency adopted out more than 7,000 mustangs and burros captured last year — the most in 15 years — which helps free space in overcrowded government corrals to accelerate roundups. Scott Sonner, The Denver Post, "Dems in Congress demand update on Interior’s wild horse plans," 27 Oct. 2019 Bulan stores the steel in a horse corral in Fremont. Anna Bauman,, "Golden Gate Bridge steel is this artist’s career. What happens when it runs out?," 21 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On the first, Miles Sanders could not corral a low pass from Wentz’s replacement, Josh McCown. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Seahawks Knock Out Carson Wentz and the Eagles," 5 Jan. 2020 But cornerback Shaquill Griffin’s interception was negated by a holding call away from the play, and linebackers K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner couldn’t corral passes thrown directly at them. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ nine wins obscure scary stat: Jimmy Garoppolo’s 10 picks," 19 Nov. 2019 Mayfield spoiled his next drive with high, hard passes after a sack that Landry and Beckham couldn’t corral. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Browns lose 24-19 to the Broncos to fall to 2-6 and all but kill their playoff chances," 4 Nov. 2019 The clips depict the chaotic moments as law enforcement officers raced to secure the crime scene, corral witnesses and control the area. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "FBI releases audio files from police and dispatchers in 2011 Giffords shooting," 27 Nov. 2019 Bears sophomore defender Owen Cuhna sent the kick into the box where teammate Jack Brown corralled the ball and sent it just over the outstretched arms of Ricketts. Eric Bem,, "Boys Soccer: Century gets by reigning state champion Oakdale in penalty kicks to reach 2A final," 9 Nov. 2019 Troopers and one Boston police officer blocked off both ends of the ramp, according to a statement of the case filed by Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s office, hoping to corral and arrest the drivers., "“racially tinged” social media posts," 1 Nov. 2019 Within a two-minute stretch in the second quarter, Chriss blocked Jared Dudley, stole the ball from Alex Caruso, found Paschall on a lob, corralled two offensive rebounds and sank a baby hook. Connor Letourneau,, "Alfonzo McKinnie struggles to capitalize on opportunity in Warriors’ preseason loss," 14 Oct. 2019 After a timeout, Cloud drove to the basket but missed the shot and Alyssa Thomas corralled the rebound and hit the first of two free throws to seal the win. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sun force Game 5 in WNBA Finals with 90-86 win over Mystics," 8 Oct. 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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Corral.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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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