A horse in a corral.
- The definition of a corral is a pen for holding animals or a circle of wagons to made for safety.
- An example of a corral is a round-shaped pen for walking horses.
- An example of a corral is a group of wagons circled up for the night on the Oregon Trail.
- Corral is defined as to round up something or someone or to put into a pen.
An example of corral is for a cowboy to herd horses into a pen.
- an enclosure for holding or capturing horses, cattle, or other animals; pen
- a defensive area made by drawing up covered wagons to form an enclosing circle
Origin of corralSpanish from corro, a circle, ring from Classical Latin currere, to run: see current
transitive verb-·ralled′, -·ral′ling
- to drive into or confine within a corral
- to surround or capture; round up
- to arrange (wagons) in the form of a corral
- Slang to take possession of; lay hold of
- An enclosure for confining livestock.
- An enclosure formed by a circle of wagons for defense against attack during an encampment.
transitive verbcor·ralled, cor·ral·ling, cor·rals
- To drive into and hold in a corral.
- To arrange (wagons) in a corral.
- To take control or possession of.
- To gather; garner: “difficult for congressional leadership to corral a majority of votes” ( Don J. Pease )
Origin of corralSpanish from Vulgar Latin currāle enclosure for carts from Latin currus cart from currere to run ; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
- An enclosure for livestock, especially a circular one.
- We had a small corral out back where we kept our pet llama.
- An enclosure or area to concentrate a dispersed group.
- Please return the shopping carts to the corral.
- A circle of wagons, either for the purpose of trapping livestock, or for defense.
- The wagon train formed a corral to protect against Commanche attacks.
(third-person singular simple present corrals, present participle corralling, simple past and past participle corralled)
- To capture or round up.
- The lawyer frantically tried to corral his notes as his briefcase fell open.
- Between us, we managed to corral the puppy in the kitchen.
- To place inside of a corral.
- After we corralled the last steer, we headed off to the chuck wagon for dinner.
- To make a circle of vehicles, as of wagons so as to form a corral.
- The cattle drivers corralled their wagons for the night.
From Spanish corral