- 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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Words nearby principal
Origin of principal
SYNONYMS FOR 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)
synonym study for principal
usage note for principal
Example sentences from the Web for principal
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
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.
While abuse of a sexual nature is new for the principal, accusations of physical abuse have long dogged the school.
The African Christians soon formed one of the principal members of the primitive church.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
The man lived, and his descendants are among the principal inhabitants of the town of Stratton to this day.Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall|Robert S. Hawker
“On deck, sir,” replied the big boatswain, touching his cap to the principal.Up The Baltic|Oliver Optic
He passed by the north lodge with a shudder, and walked straight along the high road towards the principal entrance of the Park.Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3)|M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
The principal work is his series of Lectures in the Royal Academy, twelve in number, commenced in 1801.
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.