paraph

paraph
   In a signature, a final squiggle or flourish. Although it may seem to have resulted simply from flamboyance, its original function, during the Middle Ages, was to discourage forgery.

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  • paraph — par·aph 1 / par əf, pə raf/ n in the civil law of Louisiana: the signature of a notary public on a document accompanied by a date, identification of parties, seal, or other required elements paraph 2 vt in the civil law of Louisiana: to affix a… …   Law dictionary

  • Paraph — Par aph, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Paraphed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Paraphing}.] [Cf. F. parapher, parafer.] To add a paraph to; to sign, esp. with the initials. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Paraph — Par aph, n. [F. paraphe, parafe, contr. fr. paragraphe.] 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. Brande & C. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Paraph — can mean: * a flourish at the end of a signature * an alternative name for the pilcrow sign …   Wikipedia

  • Paraph —   [französisch, zu Paragraph] der, s/ e, Paraphe die, / n, Namenszug, besonders der abgekürzte. * * * Pa|raph, der; s, e (bildungsspr. selten): Paraphe …   Universal-Lexikon

  • paraph — [par′əf] n. [ME parafe < MFr < ML paraphus, contr. < paragraphus,PARAGRAPH] a flourish made after a signature, orig. as a safeguard against forgery …   English World dictionary

  • paraph — noun Etymology: Middle French, modification of Latin paragraphus paragraph Date: 1584 a flourish at the end of a signature …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • paraph — /par euhf, peuh raf /, n. a flourish made after a signature, as in a document, originally as a precaution against forgery. [1350 1400; ME paraf < It parafo or MF paraphe paragraph mark (by syncope; see PARAGRAPH)] * * * …   Universalium

  • paraph — noun A flourish made after or below signature, originally to prevent forgery …   Wiktionary

  • Paraph — Pa|raph der; s, e <aus fr. paraphe »Namenszug«, vgl. ↑Paraphe> (selten) svw. ↑Paraphe …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • paraph — par·aph || pærÉ™f n. decorative design which forms part of a signature …   English contemporary dictionary

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