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Paraph

[PER-əf]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Late Middle French, 15th century

1.

A flourish after a signature, originally as a precaution against forgery.

Examples of Paraph in a sentence

"My father’s signature was recognizable because of his ostentatious paraph."

"I recognized the paraph rather than the signature itself."

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About Paraph

Borrowed from the French “paraph,” meaning “paragraph,” with both words based on the Latin “paraphus,” meaning “short horizontal stroke.”

Did you Know?

Adding a paraph to one’s signature was an early means of attempting to avoid forgery, since the more ornate one’s paraph, the harder the full signature would be to copy. When a notary signs a document of obligation, such as a mortgage or note referring to money owed, the notary’s signature is called a “paraph.” In this context, a paraph is different from a simple signature, because it certifies the document as legitimate.

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