Miranda rights

plural noun

Definition of Miranda rights

US, law
: the legal rights of an arrested person to have an attorney and to refuse to answer questions

Learn More about Miranda rights

Statistics for Miranda rights

Cite this Entry

“Miranda rights.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Miranda%20rights. Accessed 9 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for Miranda rights

Miranda rights

noun plural

Legal Definition of Miranda rights

: the rights (as the right to remain silent, to have an attorney present, and to have an attorney appointed if indigent) of which an arresting officer must advise the person being arrested — see also Miranda v. Arizona

Note: A reading of the Miranda rights usually includes a warning that anything said could be used as evidence. No statements made by an arrested person or evidence obtained therefrom may be introduced at trial unless the person was advised of or validly waived these rights. A fresh reading of the Miranda rights may be required by the passage of time after the initial reading, as for example if a previously silent person begins to speak or police interrogate a person more than once.

History and Etymology for Miranda rights

from Miranda v. Arizona, the 1966 U.S. Supreme Court ruling establishing such rights

Comments on Miranda rights

What made you want to look up Miranda rights? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


contradictory or incongruous words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!