ar·​raign | \ ə-ˈrān \
arraigned; arraigning; arraigns

Definition of arraign

transitive verb

1 : to call (a defendant) before a court to answer to an indictment : charge
2 : to accuse of wrong, inadequacy, or imperfection

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Other Words from arraign

arraignment \ -​mənt \ noun

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Jones is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon. Brittny Mejia,, "Woman accused of attacking 91-year-old is charged with attempted murder," 12 July 2018 Russell and the Salzmans will be arraigned afterwards in Albany. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Seagram's heiress nabbed in NXIVM sex cult arrests; 'Smallville' star Allison Mack faces more charges," 24 July 2018 An 18-year-old Rehoboth man will be arraigned Wednesday in Taunton District Court after a 17-year-old was shot and killed Tuesday at the boy’s home in Dighton. Sean Smyth And Alana Levene,, "18-year-old held after Dighton teen’s shooting death," 27 June 2018 The suspect in this case, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, has been arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder and deserves the presumption of innocence. James Freeman, WSJ, "How Not to Resolve the Immigration Debate," 23 Aug. 2018 Taylor was arrested in San Diego on June 19 and is scheduled to be arraigned on July 3 at 10 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford. Ramona Sentinel, "‘Skinny Bandit’ suspect, alleged accomplice arrested," 23 June 2018 Rickey Holt is scheduled to be arraigned June 28 while Brenda Holt is scheduled to appear for a counsel status hearing June 14. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Parents beat a man to death, Missouri sheriff says. They said he had hit their son," 12 June 2018 Smukler previously pleaded not guilty though he hasn’t been arraigned on the new charges. Andrew Seidman,, "The FBI says Bob Brady and Marjorie Margolies conspired to violate election laws. Why weren't they charged?," 30 Mar. 2018 Willis has been arraigned, with bail set at $750,000. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Pennsylvania woman arrested after leaving backpack filled with heroin at a middle school," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of arraign

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of arraign

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


transitive verb
ar·​raign | \ ə-ˈrān \

Legal Definition of arraign

: to bring (a defendant) before a judge or magistrate to hear the charges and to plead usually either guilty or not guilty — compare indict

Note: For a person to be formally arraigned, he or she must be called by name before a judge or magistrate. The judge or magistrate makes sure that the defendant is the person named in the complaint, indictment, or information, which is then read to formally notify the defendant of the charges. The defendant may then enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or another plea allowed by law such as nolo contendere. In some cases, as when the defendant is not yet represented by a lawyer, the judge or magistrate may enter a plea of not guilty on the defendant's behalf.

Other Words from arraign

arraignment noun

History and Etymology for arraign

Anglo-French arrainer, from Old French araisnier to address, call to account, from a-, prefix stressing goal of an action + raisnier to speak

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