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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flourish made after or below a signature, originally to prevent forgery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flourish made after or below one's signature, originally to prevent forgery.
  • v. To add a paraph to; to sign, especially with one's initials.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To add a paraph to; to sign, esp. with the initials.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In diplomatics, the figure formed by a flourish of a pen at the conclusion of a signature, formerly used as a precaution against forgers; the flourish.
  • To append a paraph to: hence, to sign, especially with the signer's initials. Also paragraph.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flourish added after or under your signature (originally to protect against forgery)

Etymologies

French paraphe, from Old French paraffe, abbreviated signature, from Medieval Latin paraphus, paragraph sign, short for paragraphus; see paragraph.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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