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


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

Origin of paraph

1350–1400; Middle English paraf < Italian parafo or Middle French paraphe paragraph mark (by syncope; see paragraph) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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