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[koun-ter-pahrt] /ˈkaʊn tərˌpɑrt/
a person or thing closely resembling another, especially in function:
Our president is the counterpart of your prime minister.
a copy; duplicate.
Law. a duplicate or copy of an indenture.
one of two parts that fit, complete, or complement one another.
Origin of counterpart
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at counter-, part Unabridged
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  • She was the counterpart of her father; and Doctor Strong had been loved by other men.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The three-legged crow in the sun is the counterpart of the three-legged ram-toad in the moon.

  • The line was, "I will accept nothing which all may not have their counterpart of on the same terms."

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • There is a second, I said, which is the counterpart of the one already named.

    The Republic Plato
  • This difference had to have its counterpart in the campaign.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
British Dictionary definitions for counterpart


a person or thing identical to or closely resembling another
one of two parts that complement or correspond to each other
a person acting opposite another in a play
a duplicate, esp of a legal document; copy
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Word Origin and History for counterpart

mid-15c., originally countre part "duplicate of a legal document," from Middle French contrepartie, from contre "facing, opposite" (see contra-) + partie "copy of a person or thing," originally fem. past participle of partir "to divide" (see party (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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