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Highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or degree; most considerable or important; chief; main; as, the principal
officers of a Government; the principal men of a state; the principal
productions of a country; the principal
arguments in a case.
Principal 2Definition: Of or pertaining to a prince; princely.
Principal 3Definition: A leader, chief, or head; one who
takes the lead; one who
acts independently, or who has controlling authority or influence; as, the principal of a faction, a school, a firm,
etc.; distinguished from a subordinate, abettor, auxiliary, or assistant.
Principal 4Definition: The chief actor in a crime, or an abettor who is present at it, as distinguished from an accessory.
Principal 5Definition: A chief obligor, promisor, or debtor, as distinguished from a surety.
Principal 6Definition: One who
employs another to act for him, as distinguished from an agent.
Principal 7Definition: A thing of chief or prime importance; something fundamental or especially conspicuous.
Principal 8Definition: A capital sum of money, placed out at interest, due as a debt or used as a fund; so called in distinction from interest or profit.
Principal 9Definition: The construction which gives shape and strength to a roof, generally a truss of timber or iron, but there are
roofs with stone
principals. Also, loosely, the most important member of a piece of framing.
Principal 10Definition: In English
organs the chief open metallic stop, an octave above the open diapason. On the manual it is four feet long, on the pedal eight feet. In
Germany this term
corresponds to the English open diapason.
Principal 11Definition: A heirloom; a mortuary.
Principal 12Definition: One of
pinnacles of waxwork and
tapers with which the
posts and center of a funeral hearse were formerly crowned.
Principal 13Definition: A principal or essential point or rule; a principle.
principal 14Definition: the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange;
sells for his own account
principal 15Definition: the educator who has executive authority for a school; "she sent unruly
pupils to see the principal"
principal 16Definition: an actor who
plays a principal role
principal 17Definition: capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
principal 18Definition: the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated