corral

A corral is a pen for horses, cows, or other livestock. If your sheep get out of the corral, you'll have to take the dogs out to help you round them up again.

The word corral comes either from the Spanish word corro, which means ring, or from the Old Portuguese word curral, meaning pen or enclosure. As a verb, corral means to gather up or collect. If you're in charge of the big library book sale, you'll have to corral lots of people into helping you. If you make a defensive circle with wagons or other vehicles, you have also corralled the wagons.

Definitions of corral
  1. noun
    a pen for cattle
    synonyms: cattle pen, cow pen
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    type of:
    pen
    an enclosure for confining livestock
  2. verb
    enclose in a corral
    corral the horses”
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    type of:
    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
    surround completely
  3. verb
    arrange wagons so that they form a corral
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    type of:
    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  4. verb
    collect or gather
    corralling votes for an election”
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    type of:
    accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
    get or gather together
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