Etymology
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corral (n.)

1580s, "pen or enclosure for horses or cattle," from Spanish corral, from corro "ring," Portuguese curral, a word of uncertain origin. Perhaps ultimately African, or from Vulgar Latin *currale "enclosure for vehicles," from Latin currus "two-wheeled vehicle," from currere "to run," from PIE root *kers- "to run." In U.S. history, "wide circle of the wagons of an ox- or mule-train formed for protection at night by emigrants crossing the plains" (1848).

corral (v.)

1847, "to drive into a corral," from corral (n.). From 1848 as "to form a circle with wagons." Meaning "to lay hold of, collar, capture, make a prisoner of" is U.S. slang from 1860. Related: Corralled.

updated on April 03, 2018

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Definitions of corral from WordNet
1
corral (v.)
enclose in a corral;
corral the horses
corral (v.)
arrange wagons so that they form a corral;
corral (v.)
collect or gather;
corralling votes for an election
2
corral (n.)
a pen for cattle;
Synonyms: cow pen / cattle pen
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