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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Those aged 10 and 11, an age range that includes Trenton and Cameron, are 10 times as likely to drown than their white counterparts. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati child's drowning in Myrtle Beach underscores racial disparity in pool deaths," 10 June 2019 Senior Mexican officials met with Trump administration counterparts on Wednesday in an attempt to negotiate a resolution that would stop the imposition of tariffs. Gabrielle Coppola And Andrea Navarro / Bloomberg, Time, "Why Trump's Threatened Mexico Tariffs Are Really Bad News for BMW," 6 June 2019 Dutton is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka and holding talks with his counterparts and other officials on measures aimed at deterring human smuggling. Fox News, "Australia emphasizes tough stance on people smuggling," 4 June 2019 According to the most recent data, women on the whole make approximately 80 cents to a man's dollar; the numbers are even lower for Black women, who make $.61, and Latina women, who earn $.53 compared to their white male counterparts. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Kamala Harris Wants to Fine Companies Who Pay Women Less Than Men," 20 May 2019 Photos of the renovation above show a melding of 19th century Galveston Island with its 21st century counterpart. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston's Carr Mansion having a grand opening party on Saturday afternoon," 6 July 2018 The next developments may come when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Seoul on Wednesday for meetings with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts before heading to Beijing for a few hours to talk with Chinese leaders. Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg.com, "Trump-Kim Summit Stirs Skepticism as Next Steps Remain Unclear," 12 June 2018 Similarly, the actors themselves have yet to say goodbye to their onscreen counterparts in the heartfelt way that others like Alfie Allen and Nathalie Emmanuel have. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "This 'Game of Thrones' Theory Suggests Jaime Lannister Didn't Really Die," 17 May 2019 This rocket mandate has been a political expediency, as flying on the SLS rocket enabled the costly Clipper mission to win support from Culberson's counterpart in the Senate, Alabama's Richard Shelby. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 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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