[par-uh f, puh-raf]
- 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)
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"He has now added this crown and this paraph to his coat-of-arms," said Miss Holland.Henry VIII And His Court
Paraph, par′af, n. a mark or flourish under one's signature.
- a flourish after a signature, originally to prevent forgery
C14: via French from Medieval Latin paraphus, variant of paragraphus paragraph