counterpart

noun
coun·​ter·​part | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt How to pronounce counterpart (audio) \

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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The somewhat chilling image was accompanied by a totally scary picture counterpart that featured Sabrina participating in some sort of ritual. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Will Feature an Episode Inspired by “The Exorcist”," 31 Aug. 2018 Until recently, electric-battery mowers didn’t measure up to their gas counterparts. Marni Jameson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Next generation of homeowners go for greener yard tools," 6 July 2018 According to court filings, military spouses are 10 times more likely to have moved across state lines in the past year as compared to their civilian counterparts. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Military spouse goes to court to become Georgia lawyer," 15 June 2018 Great counterpart to Evil Genius across the street. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Philly dining with a view | Let's Eat," 13 June 2018 Law enforcement officials representing the Gurnee Police Department were out for an early morning run with the Illinois Special Olympics Flame of Hope before passing it off to their counterparts in Libertyville. Lindsey Salvatelli, Lake County News-Sun, "Police escort Illinois Special Olympics Flame of Hope through Lake County," 10 June 2018 The female lead role was turned down by almost every famous actress, and the role of her male counterpart went to some unknown actor named Tom Hanks (wonder what happened to him). Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Belongs in the 2019 Remake of Splash?," 13 Feb. 2019 With free movement of people from the European single market to work in Britain set to end, players from the continent could become subject to the same soccer-specific immigration requirements as counterparts from the rest of the world. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Post-Brexit bid to curb foreign player imports splits soccer," 21 Nov. 2018 Aviation Week reports that the French space agency, CNES, is pressing ahead with counterparts from Germany and Japan for the development of a reusable launcher first stage. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Scotland’s NIMBY problem, SpaceX test firing, Soyuz mishap," 2 Nov. 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 How to pronounce counterpart (audio) \

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 How to pronounce counterpart (audio) \

Legal Definition of counterpart

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

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