counterpart

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

Essential Meaning of counterpart

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

Full 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Halfway into the third quarter, Wilson's counterpart in the secondary, Dylan Tapley, was able to pick off the Mustangs quarterback to give the ball back to his team. The Arizona Republic, 26 Nov. 2021 Ella Purnell, who plays team captain Jackie in 1996, was present and accounted for, but does not have an adult acting counterpart. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 26 Nov. 2021 Fans of the brand’s signature boot will fall in love with the Saltwater Sherpa Alpine version, which has a more wintry aesthetic than its classic counterpart courtesy of a fluffy trim. Christina Liao, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 As played by an impressively full-voiced, floopy-haired Garfield, this Jon is more than just a persuasive double for his creator and real-life counterpart. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 With 4:01 left to play Thursday night, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was ejected for a skirmish with Indiana Pacers counterpart Myles Turner. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Nov. 2021 With her creative counterpart @LuxuryLaw, #Zendaya has given fans and fashion followers worldwide a seemingly countless number of glamorous red carpet looks to remember. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 10 Nov. 2021 Crane’s counterpart this week, James Clemens coach Chad McGehee, is in his first year as head coach for the Jets after three years as Hoover’s defensive coordinator. al, 4 Nov. 2021 No Sass’ rhythm-section counterpart is clearly Tomato, the pseudo-band’s secret weapon who’s loaded with talent and harder to read. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 1 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of counterpart

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Dec 2021

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“Counterpart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterpart. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for counterpart

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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