kraal

noun
\ ˈkrȯl How to pronounce kraal (audio) , ˈkräl \

Definition of kraal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a village of southern African natives
b : the native village community
2 : an enclosure for animals especially in southern Africa

kraal

verb
kraaled; kraaling; kraals

Definition of kraal (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to pen in a kraal

Examples of kraal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Next to each tent was a protective kraal of thorn brush for the animals at night. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of kraal

Noun

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kraal

Noun

Afrikaans, from Portuguese curral pen for cattle, enclosure, from Vulgar Latin *currale enclosure for vehicles — more at corral

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“Kraal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kraal. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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