- to call or bring before a court to answer to an indictment.
- to accuse or charge in general; criticize adversely; censure.
Origin of arraign
Examples from the Web for arraigned
The talented musician is being held at the 71st Precinct in Brooklyn and due to be arraigned Thursday morning.Rapper Bobby Shmurda Arrested at New York’s Notorious Quad Studios
December 17, 2014
On Monday, Kurilla was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault.10-Year-Old Murder Defendant Shows Failure of U.S. Juvenile Justice System
October 18, 2014
He was arraigned on two counts of hiding a corpse, and bail was set at $1 million.How ‘MrHandcuffs’ Ended Up With Two Corpses in Suitcases
June 30, 2014
Saudi citizens, too, have been arraigned, and executed, for sorcery.Will Saudi Arabia Execute Guest Workers for 'Witchcraft'?
March 29, 2014
They were arraigned in Manhattan criminal court on charges of burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure.Hero or Criminal? James Brady, the WTC Ironworker Who Jumped Off the Building
March 25, 2014
That he had not yet been arraigned he had to thank the efforts of La Boulaye.The Trampling of the Lilies
Darby was arraigned four several times, but always acquitted.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
It was for this that I arraigned my colleague, and that I intend to arraign him.The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes
James Quay Howard
He had been admonished by clergy, and arraigned before magistrates.Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
I had been arraigned and found guilty upon an ex-parte statement.Japhet in Search of a Father
- to bring (a prisoner) before a court to answer an indictment
- to call to account; complain about; accuse
Word Origin and History for arraigned
late 14c., araynen, "to call to account," from Old French araisnier "speak to, address; accuse (in a law court)," from Vulgar Latin *arrationare, from Latin adrationare, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + *rationare, from ratio "argumentation, reckoning, calculation" (see ratio). Sense of "to call up on a criminal charge" is c.1400. The excrescent -g- is a 16c. overcorrection based on reign, etc. Related: Arraigned; arraigning.