\ 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


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


1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kraal


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

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“Kraal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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