- 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
SYNONYMS FOR principal
synonym study for principal
usage note 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)
Words nearby principal
Example sentences from the Web for principalship
Dr. Halley from age and infirmities, retired from the principalship.Recollections of a Long Life|John Stoughton
Four years of his principalship were successful beyond expectation.
In 1885 he retired, full of years and honours, from the principalship of the college he had so long served and adorned.
His wife, the mother of two boys, secured a position in the public schools and by her ability, won her way to a principalship.
British Dictionary definitions for principalship
- 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 principalship
The original amount of money lent, not including profits and interest.