Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French paraphe, from Old French paraffe, abbreviated signature, from Medieval Latin paraphus, paragraph sign, short for paragraphus; see paragraph.]

Examples

  • In my last paraph I did not intend to imply that I am or could ever be a father, I meant only to suggest that I can understand how a muy macho studmuffin might be justly proud of his way with the Laydeeze.

    Are we a Christian Nation?

  • "He has now added this crown and this paraph to his coat-of-arms," said

    Henry VIII and His Court

  • "Yes, he bears the royal arms on his shield, but yet, if we remember rightly, the crown and paraph of our ancestor Edward the Third are wanting."

    Henry VIII and His Court

  • The youthful paraph under the signature, the symmetry, the feminine curves of the handwriting are some of the elements to look for.

    Forbes.com: News

  • If your Xbox 360 avatar appears unfulfilled despite a virtual closet packed with game-related paraph ...

    *Shacknews* Games

  • If your Xbox 360 avatar appears unfulfilled despite a virtual closet packed with game-related paraph ...

    *Shacknews* Games

  • If your Xbox 360 avatar appears unfulfilled despite a virtual closet packed with game-related paraph ...

    *Shacknews* Games

  • If your Xbox 360 avatar appears unfulfilled despite a virtual closet packed with game-related paraph ...

    *Shacknews* Games

  • *rummages around closet looking for Viking paraph…paraf…stuff*

    I has a flava flav - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • 'Priam's lamentation, — — lamentations of Hecuba, &c.' ■ paraph rafe on Horace,

    The Works of the English Poets

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  • paraph a paraph is worth a graph

    January 13, 2007

  • a flourish made after a signature

    February 26, 2007

  • Discarded to hasten our pace

    Are many old gestures of grace.

    A gent's autograph

    Forsakes the paraph,

    Appending instead a smiley face.

    January 26, 2016