Definition of counterpart
1 : one of two corresponding copies of a legal instrument : duplicate
2a : a thing that fits another perfectlyb : something that completes : complement <the lead actress and her male counterpart>
3a : one remarkably similar to another <The crow is sometimes mistaken for its larger counterpart, the raven.>b : one having the same function or characteristics as another <college presidents and their counterparts in business>
Examples of counterpart in a sentence
The secretary of defense met with his counterparts in Asia to discuss the nuclear crisis.
Metal tools replaced their stone counterparts many, many years ago.
the lead actress and her male counterpart
First Known Use of counterpart
COUNTERPART Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of counterpart for English Language Learners
: someone or something that has the same job or purpose as another
COUNTERPART Defined for Kids
Definition of counterpart for Students
: a person or thing that is very like or equivalent to another person or thing
Legal Definition of counterpart
: one of two corresponding or duplicate copies of a legal instrument
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