paraph

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

John Hancock's signature on the United States Declaration of Independence is famous for its size and its bold paraph.

From Middle French paraphe, paraffe.

Pronunciation[edit]

Elizabeth I of England's signature, showing paraph

Noun[edit]

Benjamin Franklin's signature, showing paraph

paraph (plural paraphs)

  1. (chiefly historical) A flourish made after or below one's signature, originally to prevent forgery.

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Verb[edit]

paraph (third-person singular simple present paraphs, present participle paraphing, simple past and past participle paraphed)

  1. (transitive) To add a paraph to; to sign, especially with one's initials.

References[edit]

  • paraph” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • paraph” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.
  • "paraph" in WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2006.
  • (etymology) Paraphe, based on the Collins French-English Dictionary, Harpercollins, Flexible edition, August 1990, ISBN 0062755080.
  • Paraph, ArtLex Art Dictionary, Michael Delahu, The earliest form of ArtLex appeared on the Web in August, 19; ArtLex was last modified on October 24, 2007, Copyright © 1996-2007.