[ par-uhf, puh-raf ]
/ ˈpær əf, pəˈræf /
a flourish made after a signature, as in a document, originally as a precaution against forgery.
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Origin of paraph
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English paraf, paraffe, from Middle French paraphe, paraffe “abbreviated signature; paragraph mark,” by syncope of paragraphe “section of text; paragraph sign”; see origin at paragraph)
Words nearby paraph
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Example sentences from the Web for paraph
Paraph, par′af, n. a mark or flourish under one's signature.
"He has now added this crown and this paraph to his coat-of-arms," said Miss Holland.Henry VIII And His Court|Louise Muhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for paraph
/ (ˈpærəf) /
a flourish after a signature, originally to prevent forgery
Word Origin for paraph
C14: via French from Medieval Latin paraphus, variant of paragraphus paragraph
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