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.