- a person who authorizes another, as an agent, to represent him or her.
- a person directly responsible for a crime, either as an actual perpetrator or as an abettor present at its commission.Compare accessory (def. 3).
- an organ stop.
- the subject of a fugue.
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Origin of principal
synonym study for principal
words often confused with principal
OTHER WORDS FROM principalprin·ci·pal·ship, nounun·der·prin·ci·pal, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH principalprincipal , principle (see usage note at the current entry)
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How to use principal in a sentence
Rickie Stanley, Hill’s former teammate at Mount Vernon High and now the assistant principal at the school, sensed something was wrong.A rare disease, a covid diagnosis, a painful decision: The death of basketball coach Lew Hill|Dave Sheinin|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
The teenager was an “all-around good soul,” said Damon Monteleone, principal of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.Montgomery high school senior, athlete, slain, Howard County police say|Martin Weil|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
I got promoted at a very young age to assistant principal, and yeah, I was off and running.The Educator Fighting to Rectify the Achievement Gap|Esabelle Lee|February 6, 2021|Ozy
The principal treatments for cancer at the time consisted of surgery and radiation.Emil Freireich, a pioneer of chemotherapy and a ‘towering figure in oncology,’ dies at 93|Emily Langer|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
However, as a former teacher and principal and in my experience as an educator, I can tell you, when I have 15 students in front of me versus 28, I am able to give more specialized attention to those 15 students.Five key moments from education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing|Valerie Strauss|February 3, 2021|Washington Post
The leak suggests that Mr. Obama remains blind to the principal cause of his foreign policy woes.Before Ditching His Top Aides, Obama Should Look in the Mirror|Leslie H. Gelb|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Spire rests on the same basic principal as the old-school fountains.
But younger members of the community who encountered the man as a principal had a different tale to tell.
He recalled one event, when he was playing with a friend, Areah, when the principal came outside and found them.
In an ultra-Orthodox enclave of upstate New York, a former student has accused a principal of sex acts.
This is the first and principal point at which we can stanch the wastage of teaching energy that now goes on.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
"The Smoker," and "Mother and Daughter," a triptych, are two of her principal pictures.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
It is the principal waste-product of metabolism, and constitutes about one-half of all the solids excreted—about 30 gm.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
The principal room or "hall" will accommodate about 1,000 persons, the remaining portion of the premises being let off in offices.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Thomas Barnes, principal editor of the Times newspaper, died in London, aged 56.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for principal
- a person who engages another to act as his agent
- an active participant in a crime
- the person primarily liable to fulfil an obligation
- capital or property, as contrasted with the income derived from it
- the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated
- the chief instrumentalist in a section of the orchestra
- one of the singers in an opera company
- either of two types of open diapason organ stops, one of four-foot length and pitch and the other of eight-foot length and pitch
Derived forms of principalprincipalship, noun
Word Origin for principal
Cultural definitions for principal
The original amount of money lent, not including profits and interest.