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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The protesters are to be arraigned in Seattle Municipal Court on Sept. 12. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Facing ‘sleeping dragon,’ Seattle cracks down on protesters who block traffic," 30 Aug. 2018 She was arraigned Friday in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township, where she was given a $20,000 cash surety bond. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Woman angry over order bites off part of restaurant owner's ear," 29 June 2018 Manafort was arraigned Friday on the obstruction counts and is set for trial in Washington in September over the allegations of secret lobbying. Washington Post, "Paul Manafort ordered to jail after witness-tampering charges," 15 June 2018 Joleen Gambardella, the 36-year-old suspect, was arraigned Friday in Hazleton, Penn. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Woman had sex with teen up to six times a day and pimped him out for drug money, Penn. police say | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, May 1 in New York. Tom Hays,, "Vet implanted heroin in puppies for Colombia drug ring, DEA says," 2 May 2018 He was arraigned Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court on a second-degree assault allegation. Maxine Bernstein,, "Unprovoked attack on woman, 78, leads to arrest in NE Portland," 13 Apr. 2018 Haag was arraigned Friday on charges of homicide, kidnapping, burglary, unlawful restraint, gun counts, and related offenses. Julie Shaw,, "Bucks DA: 'Only darkness' in face of cousin charged with stabbing 14-year-old girl 80 times," 6 Apr. 2018 Parker was arraigned Friday as an adult on two counts of murder and 16 counts of assault. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Judge accused of meddling with case to help Marshall County shooting suspect," 21 Feb. 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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