His wife, the mother of two boys, secured a position in the public schools and by her ability, won her way to a principalship.
Dr. Halley from age and infirmities, retired from the principalship.
In 1885 he retired, full of years and honours, from the principalship of the college he had so long served and adorned.
Four years of his principalship were successful beyond expectation.
c.1300, "main, principal, chief, dominant, most important;" also "great, large," from Old French principal "main, most important," of persons, "princely, high-ranking" (11c.), from Latin principalis "first in importance; original, primitive," from princeps (see prince).
c.1300, "ruler, governor;" also "main part;" from principal (adj.) or from or influenced by noun uses in Old French and Latin. From mid-14c. in the sense of "money on which interest is paid;" 1827 as "person in charge of a public school," though meaning "head of a college or hall" was in English from mid-15c.
The original amount of money lent, not including profits and interest.