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[par-uh f, puh-raf]
  1. a flourish made after a signature, as in a document, originally as a precaution against forgery.
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Origin of paraph

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

  • "He has now added this crown and this paraph to his coat-of-arms," said Miss Holland.

    Henry VIII And His Court

    Louise Muhlbach

  • Paraph, par′af, n. a mark or flourish under one's signature.

British Dictionary definitions for paraph


  1. a flourish after a signature, originally to prevent forgery
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Word Origin

C14: via French from Medieval Latin paraphus, variant of paragraphus paragraph
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