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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Gooding turned himself in on June 13, was arrested and arraigned on one misdemeanor count of forcible touching. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Cuba Gooding Jr. set to appear in court as lawyer seeks to dismiss groping case," 26 June 2019 Fangman, jailed in lieu of $1 million bail, is slated to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad man, 47, arrested for sex with teens; police seek more potential victims," 11 June 2019 They were arrested Saturday night and arraigned on Monday in Norwalk Superior Court before Judge Stephanie McLaughlin. Yon Pomrenze, Jason Carroll And Joe Sterling, CNN, "Couple arrested in case of missing Connecticut mom are arraigned," 4 June 2019 The nature of the charges could not be confirmed, but the details of the indictment will be unsealed when the the platinum-selling and Grammy-winning rapper is arraigned in court on Tuesday, Turton said. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Cardi B indicted by grand jury in NY court following strip club brawl legal woes," 21 June 2019 Ingol was arraigned Wednesday and Judge David Fish set his bond at $1 million. Robin Goist,, "Barberton man fatally shot in his driveway, police say," 19 June 2019 In Moscow, hundreds came to police headquarters and to the courthouse where Golunov was arraigned. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Release of Ivan Golunov and the Power of Collective Action in Russia," 18 June 2019 Williams was arraigned that day and released March 31 on $5,000 bail. John R. Ellement,, "Man with Mass. ties convicted of killing Maine deputy corporal," 18 June 2019 When Gomez was arraigned in a hospital a week after the shooting, the prosecutor said Irwin had picked out Gomez from a photographic lineup. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hearing in San Diego cop-killing death penalty case set to start Monday," 17 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

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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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