corral

noun
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

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 The retailer in between, Great Highway Gallery, plans its own covered corral that will allow artists to sell their work during the holidays. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to make sure winter is welcoming in the time of COVID," 15 Nov. 2020 The security guard motioned toward Taylor, who was feet away in a corral of shopping carts, twirling a bat. Michael Williams, SFChronicle.com, "Question in San Leandro Walmart police killing: Should officer have gone in alone?," 26 Oct. 2020 There’s a parking turnout a few yards in and additional parking farther up the road near a corral. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "The views on this AZ hike will take your breath away, if you have any left. It's steep," 17 Sep. 2020 Russell Westbrook stood in the Houston Rockets’ corral. Berry Tramel, USA TODAY, "Analysis: Thunder's NBA playoff success still hinges on Russell Westbrook," 26 Aug. 2020 An existing corral near Axtel, Utah would be expanded. Scott Sonner, Star Tribune, "3 large corrals approved for western US wild horse roundups," 21 Aug. 2020 An existing corral near Axtel, Utah would be expanded. The Salt Lake Tribune, "3 large corrals approved for western US wild horse roundups," 21 Aug. 2020 This armed mob — at least 200 men strong, and whose leaders included a Methodist preacher — hauled Lachenais to a corral on New High Street. Yxta Maya Murray, Longreads, "Fire/Flood: A Southern California Pastoral," 19 Aug. 2020 There’s also a bike corral guarded by a restaurant employee, to attract customers off the citywide Moose Loop bike trail. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Sad and frustrated after another pandemic dine-in closure, Anchorage restaurants adapt to service outdoors," 14 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The number of people being admitted into hospitals in Florida has spiked up to 40% in the past month, prompting health leaders to urge immediate action from state and local leadership on how to corral the virus, according to Fox 13 of Tampa. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Sen. Rick Scott to quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus," 14 Nov. 2020 Biden urged governors in mid-August to impose mandatory mask-wearing orders for people outdoors for three months to corral the virus. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "'I don't trust Donald Trump': Joe Biden says vaccine should be developed and distributed free of politics," 16 Sep. 2020 After Núñez walked to load the bases with two outs, Mountcastle hit a ground ball to third, but Guerrero couldn’t corral Travis Shaw’s low throw, allowing Alberto and Iglesias to score the tying runs. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles lose to Blue Jays, 5-4, on Randal Grichuk’s walk-off home run," 28 Aug. 2020 Only the federal government can fund and orchestrate public-health measures at a scale necessary to corral the coronavirus. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "This Is the Coronavirus Election," 28 Oct. 2020 With new rules in place in the second and final debate on Thursday, Welker has been able to corral overlap between the two candidates, prompting timely answers from Biden and Trump. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "NBC's Kristen Welker defies debate expectations and questions Joe Biden on Hunter's business affairs," 22 Oct. 2020 After the Bills handed the Titans an early gift — Andre Roberts couldn’t corral a pass that was thrown to his chest, and Malcolm Butler grabbed the ball for an interception — Brown and the Titans capitalized. Erik Bacharach, USA TODAY, "Tennessee Titans roll Buffalo Bills in first game after COVID-19 outbreak," 14 Oct. 2020 It’s why baseball operations burned through barrels of midnight oil to corral Fernando Tatis Jr., Trent Grisham, Zach Davies and Drew Pomeranz (again), while flat-out stealing Jake Cronenworth. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres need to chase down pitching at trade deadline," 28 Aug. 2020 Coyotes forward Phil Kessel had mishandled the puck and had a chance to clear the zone before Johansen was able to corral it. Richard Morin, The Arizona Republic, "Coyotes flattened as Predators even up series with Game 2 win," 4 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for corral

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The first known use of corral was in 1582

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Last Updated

20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Corral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corral. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for corral

corral

noun
How to pronounce corral (audio)

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 How to pronounce corral (audio) \

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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