arraign

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

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They were originally arraigned on 50 rape charges and faced 25 years in prison. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Two Former New York Detectives Avoid Jail, Given Probation For Sex With Teen They Held In Custody," 30 Aug. 2019 He was arraigned on a charge of deprivation of rights under the color of law, subsequently pleaded guilty and was then sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to hitting migrant in face," 27 Aug. 2019 Schmitt will plead not guilty when he is arraigned Thursday, his attorney, Don Samuel, told CNN. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Road rage murder: Lawyer ran over man he thought threw golf ball, police say," 27 Aug. 2019 He was arraigned before Magistrate Michael Bosnic of 52-1 District Court in Novi. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak: Snapchat video shows man with gun threatening to shoot police," 12 Aug. 2019 He was arraigned Saturday and paid $50,000 on a $100,000 bond, according to a source with the Bronx Criminal Court Central Booking Clerk's Office. Amir Vera And Elizabeth Joseph, CNN, "Father of the 1-year-old twins who died in a hot car is 'inconsolable and beside himself,' attorney says," 28 July 2019 He was arraigned on the murder charge Tuesday morning. Emma Ruby, Dallas News, "Fort Worth man charged with murder in death of fellow Ole Miss student," 23 July 2019 She was arraigned last week and has been charged with Jackson’s drowning. Colleen Shalby, latimes.com, "Second son dies a week after mother is suspected of drowning his brother, authorities say," 8 July 2019 The mortgage fraud and other charges for which he was arraigned on Thursday were tied to some of these addresses. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "Manafort Pleads Not Guilty to N.Y. Charges Designed to Thwart a Trump Pardon," 27 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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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 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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