pa·​raph | \ ˈper-əf How to pronounce paraph (audio) , ˈpa-rəf, pə-ˈraf How to pronounce paraph (audio) \

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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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par·​aph | \ ˈpar-əf, pə-ˈraf How to pronounce paraph (audio) \

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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