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English adjective: principal

1. principal most important element

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymschief, main, master, primary

Similarimportant, of import


English noun: principal

1. principal (possession) the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated

Broader (hypernym)debt

Part meronymloan

2. principal (person) the educator who has executive authority for a school

SamplesShe sent unruly pupils to see the principal.

Synonymshead, head teacher, school principal

Broader (hypernym)educator, pedagog, pedagogue

Narrower (hyponym)chancellor, headmaster, headmistress, master, schoolmaster

3. principal (person) an actor who plays a principal role

Synonymslead, star

Broader (hypernym)actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian

Narrower (hyponym)co-star, film star, idol, matinee idol, movie star, television star, TV star

4. principal (possession) capital as contrasted with the income derived from it

Synonymscorpus, principal sum

Broader (hypernym)capital

5. principal (person) (criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement

Broader (hypernym)offender, wrongdoer

Narrower (hyponym)criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw

Domain categorycriminal law

6. principal (person) the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account


Broader (hypernym)financier, moneyman

Narrower (hyponym)broker-dealer

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