An example of counterpart is when you fill the same role at your office as someone in a different branch office.
- a person or thing that corresponds to or closely resembles another, as in form or function
- a thing which, when added to another, completes or complements it
- a copy or duplicate, as of a lease
Origin of counterpartMiddle English countrepart: see counter- and part
- a. One that closely resembles another.b. One that has the same functions and characteristics as another; a corresponding person or thing: Their foreign minister is the counterpart of our secretary of state.
- A duplicate of a legal document.
- a. One of two parts that fit and complete each other.b. One that serves as a complement.
Recorded since 1451, originally as countre part "duplicate of a legal document", from Old French contrepartie, itself from contre "facing, opposite" (from Latin contra 'against') + partie "copy of a person or thing," originally past participle of partir "to divide".