|Origin:||comptour, from Medieval Latin computatorium 'counting place', from Latin computare; COMPUTE|
|Origin:||conteor, from conter; COUNT1|
|Origin:||contre, from contre 'against'|
the place where you pay or are served in a shop, bank, restaurant etc:
He wondered if the girl behind the counter recognised him.
2DHF American English
a long flat surface on top of a piece of furniture, especially in a kitchen [= worktop British English]
drugs, medicines etc that are bought over the counter are ones that you can buy in a shop without a prescription from a doctor
if you buy something under the counter, you buy it secretly and usually illegally:
It's risky, but you can get alcohol under the counter.
a small object that you use in some games that are played on a board
a piece of electrical equipment that counts something: ➔ Geiger counter
Set the video counter to zero before you press play.
a computer program that counts the number of people that have visited a website
an action that tries to prevent something bad from happening, or an argument that is used to prove that something is wrong
The road blocks were a counter to terrorist attacks in that area.