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

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 In fact, by 1978, black children could be shot on sight for leaving their family's kraal, or homestead. Alexandra Fuller, Travel + Leisure, 21 Aug. 2020 Inspired by a traditional kraal (village) and surrounded by four savannahs, the lodge is home to 30 wildlife species — zebras, giraffes, flamingos, and gazelles — some of which can be spotted wandering past room windows. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2020 Next to each tent was a protective kraal of thorn brush for the animals at night. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 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 16 Jun. 2021.

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