paraph

paraph

[par-uhf, puh-raf]
noun
a flourish made after a signature, as in a document, originally as a precaution against forgery.

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

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paraph (ˈpærəf)
 
n
a flourish after a signature, originally to prevent forgery
 
[C14: via French from Medieval Latin paraphus, variant of paragraphusparagraph]

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