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Meaning & Definition of Principal in English

English

Principal

/prɪnsəpəl/

noun

1. The original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated

    synonym:
  • principal

2. The educator who has executive authority for a school

  • "She sent unruly pupils to see the principal"
    synonym:
  • principal
  • ,
  • school principal
  • ,
  • head teacher
  • ,
  • head

3. An actor who plays a principal role

    synonym:
  • star
  • ,
  • principal
  • ,
  • lead

4. Capital as contrasted with the income derived from it

    synonym:
  • principal
  • ,
  • corpus
  • ,
  • principal sum

5. (criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement

    synonym:
  • principal

6. The major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange

  • Buys and sells for his own account
    synonym:
  • principal
  • ,
  • dealer

adjective

1. Most important element

  • "The chief aim of living"
  • "The main doors were of solid glass"
  • "The principal rivers of america"
  • "The principal example"
  • "Policemen were primary targets"
  • "The master bedroom"
  • "A master switch"
    synonym:
  • chief(a)
  • ,
  • main(a)
  • ,
  • primary(a)
  • ,
  • principal(a)
  • ,
  • master(a)

Examples of using

The principal called the teachers into his office.
This is one of the principal arguments against your plan.
I'd like to see the principal.