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par·aph

 (păr′əf, pə-ră′)
n.
A flourish made after or below a signature, originally to prevent forgery.

[French paraphe, from Old French paraffe, abbreviated signature, from Medieval Latin paraphus, paragraph sign, short for paragraphus; see paragraph.]

paraph

(ˈpærəf)
n
(Law) a flourish after a signature, originally to prevent forgery
[C14: via French from Medieval Latin paraphus, variant of paragraphus paragraph]

paraph

- As a verb, to divide into paragraphs; the noun can mean a flourish made after a signature, especially to make it unique.
See also related terms for signature.

paraph

a flourish or other embellishment made after a signature, either as idiosyncrasy or to protect against forgery.
See also: Writing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paraph - a flourish added after or under your signature (originally to protect against forgery)
signature - your name written in your own handwriting
flourish - an ornamental embellishment in writing
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