[uh-reyn-muh nt]


an act of arraigning or the state of being arraigned.
a calling into question or a finding fault, especially with respect to the value or virtue of something; critical examination.

Nearby words

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

Origin of arraignment

1400–50; late Middle English arainement < Middle French araisnement. See arraign, -ment

Related formsnon·ar·raign·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for arraignment



mid-15c., from Old French araisnement, from araisnier (see arraign).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper