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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


Antonymsunimportant


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


Synonymsdealer


Broader (hypernym)financier, moneyman


Narrower (hyponym)broker-dealer









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