counterpart

noun
coun·​ter·​part | \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt \

Definition of counterpart 

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

2a : a thing that fits another perfectly

b : 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

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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
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Netflix Every week, new original films debut on Netflix and other streaming services, often to much less fanfare than their big-screen counterparts. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s Dumplin’ sweetly celebrates teen girls and Dolly Parton," 8 Dec. 2018 Their balance sheets were viewed as healthier than those of their U.S. counterparts, and the Canadian firms used their heft to snap up rivals and boost U.S. market share. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "U.S. Banks Too Pricey for Would-Be Canadian Buyers," 5 Dec. 2018 The authors noted that actresses consistently amassed lower point totals than their male counterparts. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Complex networks study ranks the most influential films of all time," 3 Dec. 2018 Hiring someone from the U.K. makes sense, too, since European regulators have been tougher on tech giants like Facebook than their U.S. counterparts. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "The social networking giant is on a hunt all over the globe for a new head of policy and communications.," 10 Oct. 2018 Ahead of the summit in Singapore, North Korean officials sometimes did not turn up to meetings where their U.S. counterparts were expecting them, causing tension between the two negotiating partners. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains," 12 July 2018 In a statement released to reporters on Thursday, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said that North Korean military officials were now seeking a meeting with their U.S. counterparts on July 15. Adam Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains," 12 July 2018 More than two years have passed since the referendum, but Davis had not spent more than four hours in trying to negotiate with his E.U. counterpart Michel Barnier. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 With that in mind, German defense officials travelled to Washington for meetings ahead of the summit to try and sell to their U.S. counterparts a plan to increase defense spending to 1.5% by 2024. Time, "Trump Is Trying to Dismantle the World Order. Is NATO Next on His List?," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of counterpart

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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counterpart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of counterpart

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

counterpart

noun
coun·​ter·​part | \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt \

Kids Definition of counterpart

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

counterpart

noun
coun·​ter·​part | \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt \

Legal Definition of counterpart 

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

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