ar·​raign | \ ə-ˈrān How to pronounce arraign (audio) \
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 How to pronounce arraignment (audio) \ noun

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Upchurch is set to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Tuesday, according to the court clerk’s office. Breanne Kovatch,, "Brockton man arrested on gun charges after allegedly throwing gun over fence," 11 June 2019 Devon Robinson, 18, of Detroit, was arraigned on three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of assault and weapons charges in the May 25 shooting. CBS News, "Man charged with killing 2 gay men and transgender woman in Detroit," 7 June 2019 Rivera was arraigned on the new charge, which court documents state allegedly occurred on May 20. Tiffany Diane Tso,, "Man Linked To Death Of 13-Year-Old Chloe Ricard Charged With Child Rape," 5 June 2019 Douglas was arraigned Monday and made his first appearance in court, AP reported yesterday. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Conspiracy theorist vlogger arraigned for death threats to YouTube employees," 27 Sep. 2018 Both suspects were arraigned Tuesday in Taunton District Court and were charged with stealing motor vehicle parts, possession of burglarious tools, conspiracy, resisting arrest, and trespass with a motor vehicle. Katie Camero,, "Zuzo the police dog returns from sick leave and helps catch 2 Rehoboth burglary suspects," 11 July 2018 He was arraigned and released on unsecured $5,000 bail. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, ""Shockingly violent": Man tased in back while sitting on curb sues officer, city," 5 July 2018 He was arraigned and released on an unsecured $5,000 bond according to police. Monique Judge, The Root, "Cop Caught On Video Tasing a Calm, Nonviolent, Compliant Man Who Was Sitting on a Curb," 29 June 2018 He was arraigned about an hour later and released after posting $250,000 bail, despite an argument by prosecutors that he should be denied bail, given the severity of the charge. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Officer Who Shot Antwon Rose Is Charged With Criminal Homicide," 27 June 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 How to pronounce arraign (audio) \

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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