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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Teenage girls are also more likely to face challenges during times of environmental disasters compared to older women or their male counterparts. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 The service is creating a unit designed to teach submariners how to fight their Russian and Chinese counterparts. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Taking 'Top Gun' to Sea with Submarines," 8 Nov. 2018 Pompeo was supposed to travel to New York on Thursday to meet with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "Pompeo meeting with North Korean envoy delayed," 7 Nov. 2018 Secretary Pompeo is expected to continue meeting with his North Korean counterpart throughout Saturday. NBC News, "Secretary Pompeo and North Korea vice chairman seek to 'clarify' their positions as meetings continue," 7 July 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meanwhile, briefed his South Korean, Japanese and Chinese counterparts on the Singapore summit. Robert Burns, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s halt of ‘war games’ could weaken defenses in Korea," 14 June 2018 Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart. Anne Flaherty And Josh Lederman, Houston Chronicle, "Trump claim raises eyebrows: NKorea no longer a nuke threat?," 13 June 2018 Trump's remarks followed a historic summit in Singapore between the President and his North Korean counterpart. Sophie Tatum, CNN, "Trump seemingly justifies brutal actions by Kim and says he's 'very smart'," 13 June 2018 Why Trump is leaving Singapore early President Trump moved up his departure from Singapore after his North Korean counterpart did the same, according to Bloomberg News. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "Trump summit: Live updates from meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un," 11 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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