principal 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" [syn: chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a)]
1 the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated
2 the educator who has executive authority for a school; "she sent unruly pupils to see the principal" [syn: school principal, head teacher, head]
5 the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account [syn: dealer]
- Primary; most important in a group.
- Smith is the principal architect of this design.
- The principal cause of the failure was poor planning.
- Smith is the principal architect of this design.
- Not to be confused with principle.
This is generally not used in the comparative or superlative in formal writing, as the meaning is already superlative. However, one may occasionally see, e.g., more principal meaning more likely to be principal or more nearly principal. There are similar issues with unique.
The confused may care to remember that 'The principal alphabetic principle places A before E' as a reminder of the relative spelling.
- Chinese: 主要的 (zhǔyào de)
- Dutch: voornaamste
- Finnish: pää-
- French: principal
- German: hauptsächlich
- Hungarian: fő
- Italian: principale
- Japanese: 主要な (しゅような, shuyōna)
- Korean: 주요한 (juyohan)
- Polish: podstawowy
- Portuguese: principal
- Romanian: principal
- Russian: основной (osnovnój)
- Spanish: principal
- Swedish: huvudsaklig
- In the context of "finance|uncountable": The money originally
invested or loaned, on which basis interest and returns are
- A portion of your mortgage payment goes to reduce the principal, and the rest covers interest.
- The principal administrator of a school.
- Now you're in trouble! You're going to see the principal for that.
- A company you represent in as a sales person.
- One of my principals sells metal shims. I can get those for you.
The money originally invested or loaned
- Polish: kapitał
The principal administrator of a school
- Chinese: 校長, 校长 (xiàozhǎng)
- Dutch: schoolhoofd, rector
- Finnish: rehtori
- German: Schulvorsteher
- Hebrew: ,
- Japanese: 学校長 (gakkōchō)
- Korean: 학교 교장 (hakgyo gyojang)
- Russian: директор школы (diréktor škóly)
- Spanish: director, principal de escuela, jefe de estudios
A company you represent in as a sales person
Principal may refer to:
EducationThe head of an educational institution:
- Principal sum, the original amount of a debt or investment on which interest is calculated
- Organ stop on a pipe organ
- A musician in an orchestra who either plays the first part (wind instruments), or who sits in the first chair and leads a section (of string instruments) in playing the same part
- A performer in an opera or musical who takes a more or less prominent part in the action, and sings solo or in small ensembles
- Principal ideal, in ring theory in mathematics, an ideal with a single generator
- Principal (Civil Service) or Principal Officer, a senior management grade (now grade 7) in the British Civil Service and the Irish Civil Service
- A security principal is an entity that can be positively identified and verified via a technique known as Authentication
- Principal, Cape Verde, a village
- Principal Financial Group, a life insurance company traded on the NYSE
principal in German: Prinzipal
principal in Simple English: Principal
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