opposite number


: a member of a system or class who holds relatively the same position as a particular member in a corresponding system or class : counterpart

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Kimmy's opposite number in many ways is her aunt Debra, played with lovable panache by Bonnie Milligan. Christian Holub, EW.com, 11 Nov. 2022 At the start of the 2021 season, Wolff sent an all-staff e-mail asking employees—everyone from aerodynamicists to catering staff—to find out who their opposite number was at Red Bull. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2022 Blake finished the match with six saves while his opposite number, Celentano, also made six saves to punctuate his promising debut campaign. The Enquirer, 21 Oct. 2022 Big spot for rookie Bailey Zappe, who is a touch less accomplished than his opposite number under center. Amin Touri, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Oct. 2022 The focus was on Modi's outing at a public event with the Indian diaspora in central London and bilateral meetings with his opposite number at Number 10. Nikhil Kumar, CNN, 11 Sep. 2022 Turner's opposite number, FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Roman Celentano, should provide formidable opposition to Turner as Celentano boasts an 84% save percentage. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 20 May 2022 Through four innings, Gallen was one-upped by his opposite number, left-hander Julio Urias. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 That's the role Butler is in talks for, which would present him as the biggest rival and opposite number of Paul. Christian Holub, EW.com, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of opposite number was in 1906

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“Opposite number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opposite%20number. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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