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

Lions, zebras, and other charismatic creatures draw paying tourists, and cattle can be protected at night from predators by crowding them in temporary metal corrals. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The best way to help cows and zebras? Make them live together," 13 Aug. 2019 The city also is installing high-visibility crosswalks around downtown and 12 corrals for bike parking on the street. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Denver will lower some speed limits to combat bicyclist and other traffic deaths," 7 Aug. 2019 On each day of the festival six bulls are released to run from their corral through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town over an 850 meter course. BostonGlobe.com, "Photos: Running of the Bulls 2019," 8 July 2019 Within the gates, tourists are treated to a nationalist wonderland, complete with a collection of authentic rural architecture transported from Hungarian villages, a garden stocked with traditional Hungarian herbs, a horse corral, and a yurt field. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 There will also be a face-painting corral and old-fashioned cornhusking. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "‘Vines & Vittles’ to provide all-ages fun on Sunday," 10 July 2019 Her mini-corral and designer barn for sleeping and containment during irrigation is poised midyard. azcentral, "A red-brick ranch in Glendale is more than a home. Take a look inside the pet sanctuary and urban farm," 20 June 2019 Picture corrals with ponies, baby goats, and chickens. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This suburban utopia is all about worshipping nature," 14 June 2019 Only a small sign identifies the place known as El Corralón, the big corral, the great animal pen, the concentration camp. Earl Shorris, Harper's magazine, "El Corralón," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Koepka corralled DeChambeau on the practice green for a quick conversation about slow play. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Golf’s New Breed Tries to Speed Things Up," 15 Aug. 2019 In 2002, shortly after Johnny Unitas died, Mills corralled three of the Hall of Fame quarterback’s children for a heartfelt interview. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "After fighting addiction, WBAL sportscaster Keith Mills retiring as 'a Baltimore treasure'," 27 June 2019 But as midfielder Kristie Mewis tried to position herself to head the ball into the net, Kopmeyer corralled the challenge. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dash settle for draw with Orlando Pride," 15 June 2019 An outrider tried to swoop in at the top of the stretch and corral Bodexpress, but the horse sped up and passed a few competitors near the finish line and kept going. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse," 19 May 2019 Sainted to Cub, HyVee and other retailers that have the cart corrals next to the Handicapped parking spaces. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Tainted: You left your dog in a hot car and then copped an attitude? Really?," 24 Aug. 2019 But when a jaguar attack is confirmed, the officer documents it and tries to suggest remedies for the farmer, such as keeping livestock corralled at night. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "The struggle to protect a vital jaguar corridor," 21 Aug. 2019 In last week’s scrimmage, one receiver had a pass deflect off his hands before cornerback Javaris Davis corralled it and returned it for a pick-six. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Inconsistency an issue for Auburn wide receivers without top playmakers in 2nd scrimmage," 14 Aug. 2019 Instead, mathematicians ask about the proportion of the total number of irrationals corralled by each fraction. Quanta Magazine, "New Proof Settles How to Approximate Numbers Like Pi," 14 Aug. 2019

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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 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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