Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. South African A rural village, typically consisting of huts surrounded by a stockade.
  • n. South African An enclosure for livestock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In Central and Southern Africa, a rural village of huts surrounded by a stockade.
  • n. An enclosure for livestock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection of huts within a stockade; a village; sometimes, a single hut.
  • n. An inclosure into which are driven wild elephants which are to be tamed and educated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To place (cattle or sheep) in a kraal or shed for shelter or safe-keeping. See kraal, n.
  • n. In South Africa, primarily, a collection of huts arranged around a circular inclosure for cattle, or the inclosure itself; hence, any closely built village, especially one within a stockade, or a farming establishment or ranch. Also spelled krawl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pen for livestock in southern Africa
  • n. a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade

Etymologies

Afrikaans, from Portuguese curral, pen, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *currāle, enclosure for carts; see corral.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From colonial Dutch kraal, from Portuguese curral. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The kraal, which is divided into 50 camps, is on the commonage about one kilometre outside Parys.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Lukwazi, his kraal was the one on the top of the second ridge beyond the Ghoda.

    Kafir Stories Seven Short Stories

  • The town is built in a valley, with the exception of Wambe's own kraal, that is situated at the mouth of some caves upon the slope of the opposing mountains, over which I hoped to see our impi's spears flashing in the morrow's light.

    Maiwa's Revenge

  • He then went at once and borrowed a waggon and twelve oxen, and during the night we packed the waggon three times, and took three loads across the Buffalo River to Degaza's kraal, which is on Natal ground, forty sacks of grain, 200 pounds in a box, with clothes and other things, also mats and skins, and four head of cattle and a horse.

    Cetywayo and his White Neighbours Remarks on Recent Events in Zululand, Natal, and the Transvaal

  • At distances all over the surface of the kraal were the remains of fires, round each of which slept some five-and-twenty Masai, for the most part gorged with food.

    Allan Quatermain

  • At length, branching off from Solomon's Great Road, we came to the wide fosse surrounding the kraal, which is at least a mile round, and fenced with a strong palisade of piles formed of the trunks of trees.

    King Solomon's Mines

  • Before the kraal was a wide open space, and on that space armed men were assembled, several full regiments of them.

    Swallow: a tale of the great trek

  • At last the only sounds within the walls of the kraal were the low whispering of the two boys.

    Dead Man's Land Being the Voyage to Zimbambangwe of certain and uncertain

  • The size of the kraal was a matter of no consequence; and, of course, to save labour, a small one was constructed.

    Popular Adventure Tales

  • Taped music carries down the hillside from the hub of the Zulu king's "kraal," one of four traditional palaces in the royal household of the mountainous

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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  • Compound for the restraint of livestock.

    September 25, 2007