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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One of only a few Southeast Asian leaders to be arraigned after losing office, Najib has denied any wrongdoing. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "Malaysian ex-PM Najib combative ahead of 1MDB graft trial," 11 Feb. 2019 They were arrested and arraigned in court, but despite this, Judge Sarah Backus granted them just $20,000.00 bail. Fox News, "Scaramucci, Kirk sound off on Brennan, Cuomo," 18 Aug. 2018 Kwasi Gyambibi was arrested Thursday in Stamford and arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven. Jon Lender,, "2 Indicted In Scheme To Defraud State Employees' Pharmacy Benefits Program," 28 June 2018 Rosa Ramirez, 27, was arrested and arraigned on a felony murder charge for an incident at the River City Grille in Irvington, New York, on Tuesday. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Pregnant Woman Charged With Murder After Allegedly Stabbing Co-Worker With Knife Multiple Times," 11 Apr. 2018 Nasyrova was arrested in March last year, but finally arraigned this week, USA Today reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Police: Woman brought another woman poisoned cheesecake, stole her identity," 1 Mar. 2018 Long was arrested on suspicion of murder and was arraigned Wednesday. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Community holds vigil for Susan Roberts, victim in South Land Park murder | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Jan. 2018 James Harris Jackson is arraigned in criminal court on March 23, 2017, in New York. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to 2017 Sword Slay of Black Man," 23 Jan. 2019 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

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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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