paraph

[ par-uh f, puh-raf ]
/ ˈpær əf, pəˈræf /
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noun

a flourish made after a signature, as in a document, originally as a precaution against forgery.

Nearby words

  1. parapara,
  2. paraparesis,
  3. parapente,
  4. paraperitoneal hernia,
  5. parapet,
  6. paraphase amplifier,
  7. paraphasia,
  8. paraphernalia,
  9. paraphia,
  10. paraphilia

Origin of paraph

1350–1400; Middle English paraf < Italian parafo or Middle French paraphe paragraph mark (by syncope; see 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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