American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. South African A rural village, typically consisting of huts surrounded by a stockade.
- n. South African An enclosure for livestock.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To place (cattle or sheep) in a kraal or shed for shelter or safe-keeping. See kraal, n.
- n. In Central and Southern Africa, a rural village of huts surrounded by a stockade.
- n. An enclosure for livestock.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. South Africa A collection of huts within a stockade; a village; sometimes, a single hut.
- n. Ceylon An inclosure into which are driven wild elephants which are to be tamed and educated.
- n. a pen for livestock in southern Africa
- n. a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade
- From colonial Dutch kraal, from Portuguese curral. (Wiktionary)
- Afrikaans, from Portuguese curral, pen, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *currāle, enclosure for carts; see corral. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The kraal, which is divided into 50 camps, is on the commonage about one kilometre outside Parys.”
“Lukwazi, his kraal was the one on the top of the second ridge beyond the Ghoda.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Before the kraal was a wide open space, and on that space armed men were assembled, several full regiments of them.”
“At last the only sounds within the walls of the kraal were the low whispering of the two boys.”
“The size of the kraal was a matter of no consequence; and, of course, to save labour, a small one was constructed.”
“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”
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