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principal - Dictionary definition and meaning for word principal

(noun) the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated
(noun) the educator who has executive authority for a school
Example Sentence
  • she sent unruly pupils to see the principal

(noun) an actor who plays a principal role
Synonyms : lead , star

(noun) capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
Synonyms : corpus , principal sum

(noun) (criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement
(noun) the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account
Synonyms : dealer

(adj) most important element
Synonyms : chief , main , master , primary
Example Sentence
  • the chief aim of living
  • the main doors were of solid glass
  • the principal rivers of America
  • the principal example
  • policemen were primary targets
  • the master bedroom
  • a master switch

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for principal

Principle or principal? The princiPAL is your pal. The princiPLE is: "ruLE".
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