noun, plural coun·ter·par·ties. Finance.

the other person or institution entering into a financial contract or transaction: the default of a counterparty.

Also con·tra·par·ty [kon-truh-pahr-tee] /ˈkɒn trəˌpɑr ti/.

Origin of counterparty

1980–85; counter- + party (in the legal sense “a signatory”) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for counterparty

Contemporary Examples of counterparty

  • So why are we surprised if Goldman gets to jump the AIG counterparty line?

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    July 21, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for counterparty


noun plural -parties

a person who is a party to a contract
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