[ uh-reyn ]
/ əˈreɪn /

verb (used with object)

to call or bring before a court to answer to an indictment.
to accuse or charge in general; criticize adversely; censure.

Nearby words

  1. arr,
  2. arr.,
  3. arracacha,
  4. arrack,
  5. arrah,
  6. arraignment,
  7. arran,
  8. arrange,
  9. arranged,
  10. arranged marriage

Origin of arraign

1275–1325; Middle English arainen < Anglo-French arainer, Old French araisnier, equivalent to a- a-5 + raisnier < Vulgar Latin *ratiōnāre to talk, reason; see ratio

Related formsar·raign·er, nounun·ar·raigned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arraign


/ (əˈreɪn) /

verb (tr)

to bring (a prisoner) before a court to answer an indictment
to call to account; complain about; accuse
Derived Formsarraigner, nounarraignment, noun

Word Origin for arraign

C14: from Old French araisnier to speak, accuse, from a- ² + raisnier, from Vulgar Latin ratiōnāre (unattested) to talk, argue, from Latin ratiō a reasoning

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Word Origin and History for arraign



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.

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