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Definitions of principal

  1. capital as contrasted with the income derived from it Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an actor who plays a principal role Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The chief in authority; head of a firm or school; a sum of money drawing interest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A principal person or thing: a head, as of a school or college: one who takes a leading part: money on which interest is paid: (arch.) a main beam or timber: (law) the perpetrator of a crime, or an abettor: (music) an organ stop. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A chief person; head; money on which interest is paid. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. Property or capital; a sum on which interest accrues. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A head or chief; one who takes the lead; the governor or chief in authority; the proprietor or head of a school or academy; the capital or chief sum, as one lent on interest. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Principally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. most important element; "the chief aim of living"; "the main doors were of solid glass"; "the principal rivers of America"; "the principal example"; "policemen were primary targets" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or degree; most considerable or important; chief; main; as, the principal officers of a Government; the principal men of a state; the principal productions of a country; the principal arguments in a case. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Of or pertaining to a prince; princely. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. A leader, chief, or head; one who takes the lead; one who acts independently, or who has controlling authority or influence; as, the principal of a faction, a school, a firm, etc.; -- distinguished from a subordinate, abettor, auxiliary, or assistant. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. The chief actor in a crime, or an abettor who is present at it, -- as distinguished from an accessory. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. A chief obligor, promisor, or debtor, -- as distinguished from a surety. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. One who employs another to act for him, -- as distinguished from an agent. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. A thing of chief or prime importance; something fundamental or especially conspicuous. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. A capital sum of money, placed out at interest, due as a debt or used as a fund; -- so called in distinction from interest or profit. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. The construction which gives shape and strength to a roof, -- generally a truss of timber or iron, but there are roofs with stone principals. Also, loosely, the most important member of a piece of framing. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. In English organs the chief open metallic stop, an octave above the open diapason. On the manual it is four feet long, on the pedal eight feet. In Germany this term corresponds to the English open diapason. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. A heirloom; a mortuary. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. The first two long feathers of a hawk's wing. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. One of turrets or pinnacles of waxwork and tapers with which the posts and center of a funeral hearse were formerly crowned. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. A principal or essential point or rule; a principle. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. When creating a power of attorney or other legal document, the person who appoints an attorney-in-fact or agent to act on his or her behalf. In criminal law, the main perpetrator of a crime. In commercial law, the total amount of a loan, not including any capitalized fees or interest. In the law of trusts, the property of the trust, as opposed to the income generated by that property. The principal is also known as the trust corpus; that's Latin for "body." For example, Arthur establishes a new trust with $100,000, with interest and other income payable to Merlin; the $100,000 is the trust principal or corpus.
  25. First or highest in rank, value, character, degree, or importance; most important; main; chief. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. Taking the first place: highest in character or importance: chief. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Chief. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Chief; highest in rank, character, or importance. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. A chief or head; one who takes the lead; the president, governor, or chief in authority; n chief party, actor, or agent; a capital sum lent on interest. See Prince. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. Highest in rank or character; the most important; chief; leading; capital; essential. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for principal

  1. And the principal thing was to get off that ship without any loss of time. – A Jolly Fellowship by Frank R. Stockton
  2. The principal officers would go with her, I was told, and the regular train would follow with the troops. – Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew by Robert McReynolds
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