counterpart

noun coun·ter·part \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of counterpart

1 : one of two corresponding copies of a legal instrument : duplicate
2 a : a thing that fits another perfectly
b : something that completes : complement
  • the lead actress and her male counterpart
3 a : 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

  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

Recent Examples of counterpart from the Web

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First Known Use of counterpart

15th century


COUNTERPART Defined for English Language Learners

counterpart

noun

Definition of counterpart for English Language Learners

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


COUNTERPART Defined for Kids

counterpart

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

Definition of counterpart for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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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