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

Examples of arraign in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was arraigned Friday in 41-A District Court in Shelby Township and ordered held in the county jail on a $20,000 bond. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb Township man charged with hurting 10-pound dog, which is missing," 1 Nov. 2019 He was arraigned in Brockton District Court Tuesday and held on $30,000 cash bail, according to a clerk at Brockton District Court., "Police arrested a 24-year-old man Monday for allegedly selling fentanyl and cocaine, and seized over 50 grams of the drugs after a two-month long investigation in Brockton, prosecutors said.," 30 Oct. 2019 He was arraigned in Superior Court in Hartford on Friday afternoon. Christine Dempsey,, "Teen who fatally struck woman during shootout arrested; Yvonne Smith’s death one of 5 in recent years involving juveniles and stolen cars," 25 Oct. 2019 He will soon be arraigned and faces eventual extradition to Lee County. Michael Mccann,, "The Murky Future for Pirates Pitcher Felipe Vazquez," 17 Sep. 2019 She was arraigned in Oakland Friday morning, and is set to be brought to Sacramento to face charges. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Northern California woman arrested in Aryan Brotherhood-linked heroin case, one defendant still at-large," 6 Sep. 2019 He was arraigned Thursday and is expected to be in court August 30 for a probable cause conference. Theresa Waldrop And Carma Hassan, CNN, "The owner of dogs that mauled a 9-year-old girl to death charged with murder," 23 Aug. 2019 He was arraigned on Monday and entered a plea of not guilty. Erin Allday,, "Man accused of attacking tenant outside her SF Embarcadero condo released from jail," 14 Aug. 2019 Online jail records indicate he is slated to be arraigned Friday in El Cajon. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two years after teen dies in botched burglary, alleged accomplice arrested on suspicion of murder," 29 Aug. 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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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
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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