- 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.
Origin of principal
Synonyms for principal
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Examples from the Web for principalship
Historical Examples of principalship
Dr. Halley from age and infirmities, retired from the principalship.Recollections of a Long Life
His wife, the mother of two boys, secured a position in the public schools and by her ability, won her way to a 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.
- 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
Word Origin for principal
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.