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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arraignment \ ə-​ˈrān-​mənt How to pronounce arraignment (audio) \ noun

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Tennant was released from custody after posting bond and will be arraigned on Sept. 16, according to court records. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Police release disturbing picture of day care worker dangling 5-year-old by her ankle," 12 Sep. 2019 Thompson will be arraigned in Seattle District Court next week. Wired, "Everything We Know About the Capital One Hacking Case So Far," 29 Aug. 2019 The disgraced movie mogul will be arraigned Monday. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Harvey Weinstein Faces New Indictment for Alleged Sexual Assault," 22 Aug. 2019 Chung will be arraigned for the charge on Aug. 28 at Belknap Superior Court in Laconia, per Mortensen. Michael Shapiro,, "Report: Patriots Safety Patrick Chung Indicted on Cocaine Charge," 22 Aug. 2019 Moore has not been arraigned on the murder charges. Dallas News, "Charges upgraded to murder for suspect in drunken-driving deaths of former Dallas City Council member Davis and her daughter," 19 July 2019 Kelly, who remains in custody won't be arraigned until Tuesday in Chicago. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, "R. Kelly accused of paying off alleged victims to avoid investigators," 12 July 2019 Brehmer, McIntosh, and Leyland are in the custody of the Alaska Department of Corrections and will be arraigned Tuesday morning. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana man offered teens in Alaska $9M to kill 19-year-old and send him the footage, feds say," 18 June 2019 According to the Alaska Department of Law, Brehmer, McIntosh, and Leyland are in the custody of the Department of Corrections and will be arraigned on Tuesday. Chris Boyette, CNN, "An Alaska teen is accused of killing her friend after a man she met online told her he'd pay $9 million for videos of the murder," 18 June 2019

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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 entry 1

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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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