corral

1 of 2

noun

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

2 of 2

verb

corralled; corralling

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

Example Sentences

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
His only two misses were a pass that went through D’Ernest Johnson’s hands at the goal line, and a throw to David Njoku’s back shoulder near the back of the end zone that was a bit too high for the tight end to corral. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 19 Aug. 2022 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
Verb
On the game's pivotal play late in the third quarter, the Cowboys leading 14-13, Jones threw behind Barkley on fourth-and-1 from the Giants' 45-yard line, and the talented back couldn't corral it. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 Grounds crew workers rushed to corral the animal, which flew away, only to park near the Dodgers’ on-deck circle. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2022 For a rustic bathroom, this set of three floating wood shelves with metal brackets can corral things like beauty products, while freeing up floor space. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 10 Oct. 2022 Instead of standard bookends, sew sandbags from fun, colorful fabric to corral your books, files, and folders. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Oct. 2022 China, for instance, failed to corral the small nations of the South Pacific into a security and economic pact, in part because of Beijing’s arrogance. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 26 Sep. 2022 So sure of her cousin’s talents, Taylor would corral an audience of childhood friends, forcing the young artist to give impromptu performances. Walaa Elsiddig, Billboard, 20 Sep. 2022 Aiyuk’s ability to separate from defenders, along with his skill at using his long arms (33½ inches) to corral off-target passes, have earned him more of Garoppolo’s trust. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2022 In California, remnants of Hurricane Kay provided rare September rains to help corral both the Fairview and Mosquito fires, which were raging at the time. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corral was in 1582

Dictionary Entries Near corral

Cite this Entry

“Corral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corral. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

corral

1 of 2 noun
cor·​ral kə-ˈral How to pronounce corral (audio)
1
: a pen for keeping or capturing livestock
2
: an enclosure made with wagons for defense of a camp

corral

2 of 2 verb
corralled; corralling
1
: to keep in or as if in a corral
2
3
: to arrange wagons so as to form a corral

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