- The definition of arraign is to bring a person in front of a judge to formally charge him with a crime and to record his response.
To accuse someone of a crime is an example of arraign.
- to bring before a law court to hear and answer charges
- to call to account; accuse
Origin of arraignMiddle English arreinen ; from Old French araisnier ; from Medieval Latin adrationare ; from Classical Latin ad, to + ratio, reason
transitive verbar·raigned, ar·raign·ing, ar·raigns
- Law To call (an accused person) before a criminal court to hear and answer the charge made against him or her.
- To call to account; accuse: “Johnson arraigned the modern politics of this country as entirely devoid of all principle” (James Boswell).
Origin of arraignMiddle English arreinen, from Old French araisnier, from Vulgar Latin *adratiōnāre, to call to account : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin ratiō, ratiōn-, account; see reason.
(third-person singular simple present arraigns, present participle arraigning, simple past and past participle arraigned)
- To officially charge someone in a court of law.
- To call to account, or accuse, before the bar of reason, taste, or any other tribunal.
- the clerk of the arraigns
French arraisonner (to verify the cargo of a vessel or avion) , from raison