from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Law To call (an accused person) before a court to answer the charge made against him or her by indictment, information, or complaint.
- transitive v. To call to account; accuse: "Johnson arraigned the modern politics of this country as entirely devoid of all principle” ( James Boswell).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To officially charge someone in a court of law.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To call or set as a prisoner at the bar of a court to answer to the matter charged in an indictment or complaint.
- transitive v. To call to account, or accuse, before the bar of reason, taste, or any other tribunal.
- n. Arraignment.
- transitive v. To appeal to; to demand.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In law, to call to or set at the bar of a court, in order to plead guilty or not guilty to the matter charged in an indictment or information.
- Hence To call in question for faults, before any tribunal; call before the bar of reason or of taste; accuse or charge in general.
- Synonyms Accuse, Charge, Indict. See accuse.
- n. Arraignment: as, the clerk of the arraigns. Blackstone.
- In old law, to appeal to; claim; demand: in the phrase to arraign an assize, to demand, and hence to institute or prepare, a trial or an action.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. call before a court to answer an indictment
- v. accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
Middle English arreinen, from Old French araisnier, from Vulgar Latin *adratiōnāre, to call to account : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin ratiō, ratiōn-, account; see reason.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French arraisonner (to verify the cargo of a vessel or avion), from raison (Wiktionary)