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Synonyms for principal
ˈprɪn sə pəlprin·ci·pal

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  1. principalnoun

    headmaster, headmistress

  2. principaladjective


  3. principalnoun

    Primary; most important.

    A portion of your mortgage payment goes to reduce the principal, and the rest covers interest.

    chief, primary, main

  4. principalnoun

    The chief executive and chief academic officer of a university or college.


  5. principalnoun

    The primary participant in a crime.


  6. principalnoun

    A partner or owner of a business.


  7. principalnoun

    A diapason, a type of organ stop on a pipe organ.


Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. principal

    highest, first, main, leading, chief, primary, foremost, pre-eminent, prominent

    inferior, subordinate, secondary, supplemental, subject, auxiliary, minor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. principalnoun

    the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated

    head teacher, head, lead, corpus, star, school principal, principal sum, dealer


  2. principal, school principal, head teacher, headnoun

    the educator who has executive authority for a school

    "she sent unruly pupils to see the principal"

    mind, heading, promontory, psyche, school principal, nous, drumhead, headland, head teacher, head, question, point, top dog, lead, brain, dealer, star, headspring, foreland, pass, header, headway, read/write head, head word, chief, forefront, principal sum, capitulum, oral sex, fountainhead, caput, straits, corpus


  3. star, principal, leadnoun

    an actor who plays a principal role

    hint, lead story, whiz, lead-in, wind, school principal, atomic number 82, head teacher, ace, head, confidential information, whizz, headliner, leading, tether, lead, hotshot, wiz, star topology, dealer, sensation, lede, steer, maven, genius, star, asterisk, virtuoso, mavin, wizard, jumper cable, jumper lead, booster cable, principal sum, adept, leash, superstar, pencil lead, trail, corpus, tip, champion, track, spark advance


  4. principal, corpus, principal sumnoun

    capital as contrasted with the income derived from it

    head teacher, head, lead, corpus, star, school principal, principal sum, dealer


  5. principalnoun

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

    head teacher, head, lead, corpus, star, school principal, principal sum, dealer


  6. principal, dealeradjective

    the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account

    trader, head teacher, head, lead, corpus, monger, star, school principal, bargainer, principal sum, dealer


  7. chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a), master(a)adjective

    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"


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. principalnoun

    chief, main, first, highest, supreme, leading, cardinal, most considerable, most important

  2. principal

    n. chief, head, leader, chief actor

  3. principal

    master, head master

  4. principal

    employer, constituent

  5. principal

    capital sum (placed at interest)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. principaladjective

    leading, chief, cardinal, paramount, main, foremost

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. principal

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How to use principal in a sentence?

  1. Denis Diderot:

    There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge. . . observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.

  2. Billy Madison:

    Principal Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  3. Geoffroy Wallier:

    Progressively, companies with credit difficulties will be allowed to default in China and investors should be prepared to lose some of their principal.

  4. Brian Chesky:

    I would love to add more board members of color to Airbnb. Absolutely, it's a big, big problem in Silicon Valley. We are not nearly where we need to be. The basic principal we have is that the demographics of a company should map to the demographics in society, especially where you operate. And we are not yet even a mirror of the demographics of society, let alone even more diverse than that at the most senior levels.

  5. Lou Riolo:

    We planned on doing it immediately after the singing of the National Anthem because we knew Jack sitting there with all the commotion for over 45 minutes would be too much. i did run it past our Assistant Principal Mr. John Fink because he would be honest if he thought it was as I called it Shooting the moon. He loved it. I also informed our [superintendent]Mr. Andy Irvin and before I finished his answer was I love it, lets do it! I met with Barbara and Pat, Jacks parents, and they thought it was a great idea.

Translations for principal

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  • رئيسي, مدير, مديرةArabic
  • প্রধান শিক্ষকBengali
  • hlavníCzech
  • rektorDanish
  • Schulleiterin, Schulvorsteherin, hauptsächlich, Schuldirektor, Schulvorsteher, SchulleiterGerman
  • kapitalo, lernejestro, precipaEsperanto
  • principal de escuela, principal, jefe de estudios, director, director de escuelaSpanish
  • rehtori, pää-, pääasiallinenFinnish
  • principal, proviseure, directrice, proviseur, directeurFrench
  • ard-venainshtyr, ard-ynseyder, bun-argid, ard-vainshtyr, ard-er-ynsee, ard-ven-ynseeManx
  • מְנַהֶלֶת, מְנַהֵלHebrew
  • Hungarian
  • capitale, principale, presideItalian
  • 主要な, 学校長, 校長Japanese
  • atuarfiup pisortaa, atuarfiit pisortaatKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • 원금, 주요한, 교장, 校長, 학교 교장Korean
  • kapitalasLithuanian
  • tumuaki, aporeiMāori
  • principaal, schoolhoofd, rector, voornaamsteDutch
  • rektorNorwegian
  • kapitał, podstawowy, głównyPolish
  • diretor, principalPortuguese
  • principal, directorRomanian
  • ре́ктор, [[основной, главный, [[основно́й]] [[долг]], директри́са, дире́ктор, основнойRussian
  • glávenSlovene
  • kapitalbelopp, rektor, kapital, huvudsakligSwedish
  • หลักThai
  • asılTurkish
  • 校長, chủ yếu, hiệu trưởng, chínhVietnamese
  • 主要Chinese

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