a flourish made after a signature, originally as a safeguard against forgery
Origin of paraphMiddle English parafe from Middle French from Medieval Latin paraphus, contr. from paragraphus, paragraph
A flourish made after or below a signature, originally to prevent forgery.
Origin of paraphFrench paraphe from Old French paraffe abbreviated signature from Medieval Latin paraphus paragraph sign short for paragraphus ; see paragraph .
(third-person singular simple present paraphs, present participle paraphing, simple past and past participle paraphed)
From Middle French paraphe, paraffe.