What does arraignment mean?

Definitions for arraignment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word arraignment.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. arraignment(noun)

    a legal document calling someone to court to answer an indictment


  1. arraignment(Noun)

    The formal charging of a defendant with an offense

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arraignment(noun)

    the act of arraigning, or the state of being arraigned; the act of calling and setting a prisoner before a court to answer to an indictment or complaint

  2. Arraignment(noun)

    a calling to an account to faults; accusation

  3. Origin: [Cf. OF. arraynement, aresnement.]


  1. Arraignment

    Arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal charging document in the presence of the defendant to inform the defendant of the charges against him or her. In response to arraignment, the accused is expected to enter a plea. Acceptable pleas vary among jurisdictions, but they generally include "guilty", "not guilty", and the peremptory pleas setting out reasons why a trial cannot proceed. Pleas of "nolo contendere" and the "Alford plea" are allowed in some circumstances. In England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Australia, arraignment is the first of eleven stages in a criminal trial, and involves the clerk of the court reading out the indictment. The defendant is asked whether he or she pleads guilty or not guilty to each charge. In federal courts of the United States, arraignment takes place in two stages. The first is called the initial arraignment and must take place within 48 hours of an individual's arrest, 72 hours if the individual was arrested on the weekend and not able to go before a judge until Monday. During this arraignment the defendant is informed of the pending legal charges and is informed of his or her right to retain counsel. The presiding judge also decides at what amount, if any, to set bail. During the second arraignment, a post-indictment arraignment or PIA, the defendant is allowed to enter a plea.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arraignment in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arraignment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dorinda Carter:

    They will be in court tomorrow for arraignment, and we plan to ask that a trial date be set.

Images & Illustrations of arraignment

  1. arraignmentarraignmentarraignment

Translations for arraignment

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for arraignment »


Find a translation for the arraignment definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these arraignment definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"arraignment." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 19 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/arraignment>.

Are we missing a good definition for arraignment? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for arraignment:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.