A flourish after a signature, originally as a precaution against forgery.
More example sentences
- Many woodcuts copy manuscript illuminations (or foreign woodcuts, even though in England somewhat cruder cuts do not display much detail), and some try printed rubrication of paraphs or initials.
late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus 'short horizontal stroke').
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