Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Afrikaans, from Portuguese curral, pen, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *currāle, enclosure for carts; see corral.]

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From colonial Dutch kraal, from Portuguese curral.

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  • Compound for the restraint of livestock.

    September 25, 2007