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noun coun·ter·part \-ˌpärt\

Simple Definition of counterpart

  • : someone or something that has the same job or purpose as another

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of counterpart

  1. 1 :  one of two corresponding copies of a legal instrument :  duplicate

  2. 2 a :  a thing that fits another perfectly b :  something that completes :  complement

  3. 3 a :  one remarkably similar to another b :  one having the same function or characteristics as another <college presidents and their counterparts in business>

Examples of counterpart in a sentence

  1. The secretary of defense met with his counterparts in Asia to discuss the nuclear crisis.

  2. Metal tools replaced their stone counterparts many, many years ago.

  3. the lead actress and her male counterpart

15th Century

First Known Use of counterpart

15th century

COUNTERPART Defined for Kids


noun coun·ter·part \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt\

Definition of counterpart for Students

  1. :  a person or thing that is very like or equivalent to another person or thing

Law Dictionary


noun coun·ter·part \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt\

Legal Definition of counterpart

  1. :  one of two corresponding or duplicate copies of a legal instrument

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