verb ar·raign \ə-ˈrān\

law : to state the charges against someone who is accused of a crime in a formal procedure before a judge

Full Definition of ARRAIGN

transitive verb
:  to call (a defendant) before a court to answer to an indictment :  charge
:  to accuse of wrong, inadequacy, or imperfection
ar·raign·ment \-mənt\ noun

Origin of ARRAIGN

Middle English arreinen, from Anglo-French areisner, arener, from a- (from Latin ad-) + raisner to address, from Vulgar Latin *rationare, from Latin ration-, ratio reason — more at reason
First Known Use: 14th century

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