paraph

noun
pa·​raph | \ˈper-əf, ˈpa-rəf, pə-ˈraf \

Definition of paraph 

: a flourish at the end of a signature

First Known Use of paraph

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paraph

Middle French, modification of Latin paragraphus paragraph

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paraph

noun
par·​aph | \ˈpar-əf, pə-ˈraf \

Legal Definition of paraph 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

Legal Definition of paraph (Entry 2 of 2)

in the civil law of Louisiana : to affix a paraph to paraphed the mortgage also : to include (as particular words) in a paraph

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