paraph

[ par-uhf, puh-raf ]
/ ˈpær əf, pəˈræf /

noun

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)
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British Dictionary definitions for paraph

paraph
/ (ˈpærəf) /

noun

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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