- 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.
arraign definition by Webster's New World
- to bring before a law court to hear and answer charges
- to call to account; accuse
Origin: Middle English arreinen ; from Old French araisnier ; from Midieval Latin adrationare ; from Classical Latin ad, to plush ratio, reason
- arraignment noun
arraign definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ar·raigned, ar·raign·ing, ar·raigns
- Law To call (an accused person) before a court to answer the charge made against him or her by indictment, information, or complaint.
- To call to account; accuse: “Johnson arraigned the modern politics of this country as entirely devoid of all principle” (James Boswell).
Origin: Middle English arreinen, from Old French araisnier, from Vulgar Latin *adratiōnāre, to call to account : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin ratiō, ratiōn-, account; see reason.
- ar·raignˈer noun
- ar·raignˈment noun