arraign

verb
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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Clements was arraigned in a Tucson courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit and sporting a black eye, which likely stems from a fight jail authorities said he had been involved in last week. Jacques Billeaud, The Seattle Times, "Sex offender faces court in case of 2 Arizona girls killed," 24 Sep. 2018 Aliperti was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Man, 45, threatened to shoot 11-year-old after losing Xbox game: police," 19 Sep. 2018 The heartfelt comments from Megan Finn came in a statement released by Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office hours before a suspect in the boy’s slaying was arraigned in Haverhill District Court. Jerome Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Family of slain Haverhill teen recalls boy’s ‘legacy of love’ as alleged killer arraigned," 12 July 2018 As a result, the Southern District of California operates under this rule of thumb: if a person is arrested before 6 a.m., he or she should be arraigned that same day. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Problems getting detainees to court on time magnified under 'zero-tolerance' immigration crackdown," 24 June 2018 As a result, the Southern District of California operates under this rule of thumb: if a person is arrested before 6 a.m., he or she should be arraigned that same day. Kristina Davis, latimes.com, "Problems getting detainees to court on time magnified under 'zero-tolerance' immigration crackdown," 24 June 2018 Loughry was arrested at his home by FBI agents Wednesday and taken to the federal courthouse in Charleston, where he will be arraigned, Stuart said. Washington Post, "More than 100 arrested in ICE raid," 21 June 2018 Sun was calm and quiet as he was arraigned for possessing than 1,600 rounds of ammunition while on a nonimmigrant visa, a violation of interstate commerce. Erin Mccarthy, Philly.com, "Foreign exchange student faces new federal charge after Delaware County school shooting threat," 6 June 2018 Gregory Ostiguy hid behind a barrier in court Monday as he was arraigned on animal cruelty charges. Steven Yablonski, ajc, "Man beat dog with baseball bat after it ate his Whopper, police say," 22 May 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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arraign

verb

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

arraign

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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