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Definitions of principal

  1. 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"
  2. capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
  3. the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account
  4. the educator who has executive authority for a school; " she sent unruly pupils to see the principal"
  5. the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated
  6. an actor who plays a principal role
  7. First; chief.
  8. 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.
  9. Of or pertaining to a prince; princely.
  10. 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.
  11. The chief actor in a crime, or an abettor who is present at it, -- as distinguished from an accessory.
  12. A chief obligor, promisor, or debtor, -- as distinguished from a surety.
  13. One who employs another to act for him, -- as distinguished from an agent.
  14. A thing of chief or prime importance; something fundamental or especially conspicuous.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. A heirloom; a mortuary.
  19. The first two long feathers of a hawk's wing.
  20. One of turrets or pinnacles of waxwork and tapers with which the posts and center of a funeral hearse were formerly crowned.
  21. A principal or essential point or rule; a principle.
  22. 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.
  23. First or highest in rank, value, character, degree, or importance; most important; main; chief.
  24. The chief in authority; head of a firm or school; a sum of money drawing interest.
  25. Principally.
  26. Taking the first place: highest in character or importance: chief.
  27. 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.
  28. A chief person; head; money on which interest is paid.
  29. Chief.
  30. A principal person; leader; head.
  31. Property or capital; a sum on which interest accrues.
  32. Chief; highest in rank, character, or importance.
  33. 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.
  34. Highest in rank or character; the most important; chief; leading; capital; essential.
  35. 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.
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Quotes of principal

  1. I kind of had my life planned out for me. I'd be married at some point, have, you know, 1. 5 children, and be a principal possibly one day. But I think that that was kind of my problem. I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn't let provident direction guide my life. – Clay Aiken
  2. Some of them profess to be well acquainted with all the principal waters of the Columbia, with which they assured me these waters had no connection short of the ocean. – William Henry Ashley
  3. In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principal – Jacques Barzun
  4. And obviously, from our own personal point of view, the principal challenge is a personal challenge. – Richard Branson
  5. I ought to rejoice in the fact that our principal rival has died, but I don't. – Jonathan Dimbleby
  6. Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue. – John Dryden
  7. Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building. – Thomas Fuller
  8. Food, like sex, is one of the principal kinds of human activity that engage people when they wonder about how to account for different kinds of human behaviour. – Marvin Harris
  9. The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible. We are pilots, not servants. – Franz Liszt
  10. During the session of the Supreme Court, in the village of-, about three weeks ago, when a number of people were collected in the principal street of the village, I observed a young man riding up and down the street, as I supposed, in a violent passion. – Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
  11. Admittedly great though these reasons be, they are not the principal grounds, that is, those which may rightfully claim for themselves the privilege of the highest admiration. – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
  12. I also pray for favor and His anointing on my life and ministry that I might have spiritual blessing when I minister to people. They're my principal prayers; I don't have a prayer list that I go down. – Pat Robertson
  13. I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. – Bertrand Russell
  14. The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy. – Paul Wellstone

Usage examples for principal

  1. 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
  2. Of course Christy was delighted to see him, but he kept watching the steps of the principal car all the time. – A Victorious Union SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  3. Then you won't be principal of Sanford High School. – Marjorie Dean, High School Junior by Pauline Lester
  4. Thus, Mr. Hayne, in his reply to Mr. Webster, denied that the south suffered in consequence of slavery; he maintained that the slaveholding States were prosperous, and the principal cause of all the prosperity in the Union. – An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans by Lydia Maria Child
  5. The principal lesson taught at Cowan's Bridge was the value of routine. – Emily Brontë by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  6. I had not then perceived my principal enemy. – The Ghost-Seer (or The Apparitionist), and Sport of Destiny by Frederich Schiller
  7. And the principal thing was to get off that ship without any loss of time. – A Jolly Fellowship by Frank R. Stockton
  8. By doing this the division saved both salary and rent; while the principal agent, who represented the leaders and the whips, had in the secretary an agent selected and paid by him. – The Government of England (Vol. I) by A. Lawrence Lowell
  9. " Now, I understand that your principal reason in coming to Leigh was that your son should in time be able to sail your boat. – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  10. Among others he met the school principal – Darrel of the Blessed Isles by Irving Bacheller
  11. The principal thing is comfort. – The Electronic Mind Reader by John Blaine
  12. In his second character, his success was not remarkable, the principal results being a spear- thrust in the head, and being generally told to read his books and leave men alone. – First Footsteps in East Africa or, an Exploration of Harar by Richard F. Burton
  13. I was quite well acquainted with the principal character. – The Rector of St. Mark's by Mary J. Holmes
  14. The principal thing of all is, that I have taken a wife." – Beric the Briton A Story of the Roman Invasion by G. A. Henty
  15. I still owe, on the principal one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. – Judith of Blue Lake Ranch by Jackson Gregory
  16. On this occasion the principal parts were interpreted by Mme. – Masters of French Music by Arthur Hervey
  17. I wondered who he meant; but Lady Principal saw me looking in and asked me if 'I wished anything? – Dorothy at Oak Knowe by Evelyn Raymond
  18. The effect of a French dinner is its principal charm. – Recollections of Europe by J. Fenimore Cooper
  19. Whatever information I might give, he said, I'd only give to a principal the principal – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  20. The following are the principal ones in use: as, as. – Slips of Speech by John H. Bechtel

Rhymes for principal