[ uh-reyn ]
/ əˈreɪn /
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verb (used with object)
Law. to call or bring before a court to answer to an indictment, a formal charge for which it has been ascertained that there is enough evidence to warrant trial: He is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on drug and gun charges.
to accuse or charge in general; criticize; censure: I am not arraigning Professor Wells for these omissions, only mentioning them to indicate how complex such questions can be.
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Origin of arraign

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English arainen, from Anglo-French arainer, Old French araisnier, equivalent to a- a-5 + raisnier, from unrecorded Vulgar Latin ratiōnāre “to talk, reason”; see ratio


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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 forms of arraign

arraigner, 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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