the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated
principal, school principal, head teacher, head(noun)
the educator who has executive authority for a school
"she sent unruly pupils to see the principal"
star, principal, lead(noun)
an actor who plays a principal role
principal, corpus, principal sum(noun)
capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
(criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement
the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account
chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a), master(a)(adj)
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"; "the master bedroom"; "a master switch"
The money originally invested or loaned, on which basis interest and returns are calculated.
A portion of your mortgage payment goes to reduce the principal, and the rest covers interest.
The chief administrator of a school.
The chief executive and chief academic officer of a university or college.
One who directs another (the agent) to act on oneu2032s behalf.
When an attorney represents a client, the client is the principal who permits the attorney, the clientu2032s agent, to act on the clientu2032s behalf.
The primary participant in a crime.
A company represented by a salesperson.
My principal sells metal shims.
A partner or owner of a business.
A diapason, a type of organ stop on a pipe organ.
Primary; most important.
Origin: From principalis.
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
of or pertaining to a prince; princely
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
the chief actor in a crime, or an abettor who is present at it, -- as distinguished from an accessory
a chief obligor, promisor, or debtor, -- as distinguished from a surety
one who employs another to act for him, -- as distinguished from an agent
a thing of chief or prime importance; something fundamental or especially conspicuous
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
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
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
a heirloom; a mortuary
the first two long feathers of a hawk's wing
one of turrets or pinnacles of waxwork and tapers with which the posts and center of a funeral hearse were formerly crowned
a principal or essential point or rule; a principle
Origin: [F., from L. principalis. See Prince.]
A principal in computer security is an entity that can be authenticated by a computer system or network. It is referred to as a security principal in Java and Microsoft literature. Principals can be individual people, computers, services, computational entities such as processes and threads, or any group of such things. They need to be identified and authenticated before they can be assigned rights and privileges over resources in the network. A principal typically has an associated identifier that allows it to be referenced for identification or assignment of properties and permissions.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prin′si-pal, adj. taking the first place: highest in rank, character, or importance: chief.—n. 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: (archit.) a main beam or timber: (law) the person who commits a crime, or one who aids and abets him in doing it: a person for whom another becomes surety, a person who, being sui juris, employs another to do an act which he is competent himself to do: (mus.) an organ-stop: (Shak.) the principal rafter.—n. Principal′ity, supreme power: the territory of a prince or the country which gives title to him: (B.) a prince: (obs.) a power: (pl.) an order of angels, the seventh in the hierarchy of Dionysius.—adv. Prin′cipally.—ns. Prin′cipalness, the state of being principal or chief; Prin′cipalship, position of a principal; Prin′cipate, primary: a principality, esp. the office of the ancient Roman emperors. [L. principalis.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'principal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2488
Rank popularity for the word 'principal' in Nouns Frequency: #2743
Rank popularity for the word 'principal' in Adjectives Frequency: #337
The numerical value of principal in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of principal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The principal part of faith is patience.
What goes toward the principal is $200 more a month.
Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
A selfish person always alters his/her principal according to his /her benefit.
All people should know that the principal business in life is to seek happiness.
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Translations for principal
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- مديرة, رئيسي, مديرArabic
- প্রধান শিক্ষকBengali
- Schulvorsteher, Schulleiter, Schulleiterin, Schulvorsteherin, Schuldirektor, hauptsächlichGerman
- kapitalo, precipa, lernejestroEsperanto
- principal de escuela, jefe de estudios, principal, director, director de escuelaSpanish
- pää-, rehtori, pääasiallinenFinnish
- directeur, proviseur, directrice, proviseure, principalFrench
- ard-ven-ynsee, ard-ynseyder, ard-venainshtyr, bun-argid, ard-vainshtyr, ard-er-ynseeManx
- מְנַהֵל, מְנַהֶלֶתHebrew
- principale, preside, capitaleItalian
- 校長, 主要な, 学校長Japanese
- atuarfiit pisortaat, atuarfiup pisortaaKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 校長, 원금, 학교 교장, 주요한, 교장Korean
- tumuaki, aporeiMāori
- schoolhoofd, voornaamste, rector, principaalDutch
- kapitał, podstawowy, głównyPolish
- principal, diretorPortuguese
- principal, directorRomanian
- [[основной, главный, директри́са, ре́ктор, дире́ктор, основной, [[основно́й]] [[долг]]Russian
- kapitalbelopp, huvudsaklig, kapital, rektorSwedish
- 校長, chủ yếu, chính, hiệu trưởngVietnamese
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