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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Online jail records indicate that he is scheduled to be arraigned at the Vista courthouse Friday afternoon. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside father accused in death of 7-year-old daughter has prior convictions for vandalism, DUI," 1 Aug. 2019 All three defendants are expected to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Department 4 of the Pittsburg Courthouse. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "East Bay homicide: Three suspects yelled out gang taunt before fatal beating, DA says," 29 July 2019 Delowar Mohammad Hossain, who is originally from Bangladesh and later became a U.S. citizen, was arraigned Friday in federal court in New York City. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "US man allegedly wanted to kill American soldiers, arrested while trying to join Taliban," 27 July 2019 Nguyen was arraigned last Friday, was ordered held on $50,000 bail, and was ordered to have no contact with witnesses to the shooting. Danny Mcdonald,, "Revere suspect charged in killing of Dorchester man is held without bail," 25 July 2019 Nelson was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, assault and using a firearm during a felony. Gwen Aviles, NBC News, "Gay man killed, another critically injured in Grindr meetup," 16 July 2019 Prosecutors say Rodriguez is expected to be arraigned Thursday and have recommended bail be set at $1.2 million. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Los Angeles police officer charged with multiple rapes after DNA links him to cold case," 18 July 2019 Rodriguez is expected to be arraigned Thursday, according to the LAPD. Fox News, "LAPD officer linked to two separate rape cases by DNA 'cold match': police," 18 July 2019 William Rodriguez, 33, was arrested Tuesday on two felony counts of forcible rape, and is expected to be arraigned Thursday, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Jason Hanna And Cheri Mossburg, CNN, "A Los Angeles police officer was accused of a rape. Then DNA made him a suspect in another, officials say," 18 July 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

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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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