Definition of Paraph

1. Noun. A flourish added after or under your signature (originally to protect against forgery).

Group relationships: Signature
Generic synonyms: Flourish



Definition of Paraph

1. n. A flourish made with the pen at the end of a signature. In the Middle Ages, this formed a sort of rude safeguard against forgery.

2. v. t. To add a paraph to; to sign, esp. with the initials.

Definition of Paraph

1. Noun. (chiefly historical) A flourish made after or below one's signature, originally to prevent forgery. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Paraph

1. a flourish at the end of a signature [n -S]

Medical Definition of Paraph

1. A flourish made with the pen at the end of a signature. In the Middle Ages, this formed a sort of rude safeguard against forgery. Origin: F. Paraphe, parafe, contr. Fr. Paragraphe. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paraph

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Literary usage of Paraph

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1. Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Francis Lieber, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1832)
"With others (eg the Spaniards) they arc- as customary and take as much room as in the middle ages; indeed, they often affix the paraph, without the name, ..."

2. Encyclopædia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1851)
"paraph ; a particular character or flourish, added to the signature of a person to render the counterfeiting of it more difficult. ..."

3. Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal by Royal Institute of British Architects, Library (1865)
"Report of the Fitzwilliam syndicate. paraph, fo. 1834 Sanitary condition of river Cam, ... paraph. 8o. Camb. ..."

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