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)
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)