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PRINCIPAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does principal mean? 

PRINCIPAL (noun)
  The noun PRINCIPAL has 5 senses:

1. the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated
2. the educator who has executive authority for a school
3. an actor who plays a principal role
4. capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
5. the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account

  Familiarity information: PRINCIPAL used as a noun is common.


PRINCIPAL (adjective)
  The adjective PRINCIPAL has 1 sense:

1. most important element

  Familiarity information: PRINCIPAL used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRINCIPAL (noun)


Sense 1principal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("principal" is a kind of...):

debt (money or goods or services owed by one person to another)

Holonyms ("principal" is a part of...):

loan (the temporary provision of money (usually at interest))


Sense 2principal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The educator who has executive authority for a school

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

head teacher; school principal; principal; head

Context example:

she sent unruly pupils to see the principal

Hypernyms ("principal" is a kind of...):

educator; pedagog; pedagogue (someone who educates young people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "principal"):

chancellor (the honorary or titular head of a university)

headmaster; master; schoolmaster (presiding officer of a school)

headmistress (a woman headmaster)


Sense 3principal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An actor who plays a principal role

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

principal; star; lead

Hypernyms ("principal" is a kind of...):

actor; histrion; player; role player; thespian (a theatrical performer)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "principal"):

co-star (one of two actors who are given equal status as stars in a play or film)

film star; movie star (a star who plays leading roles in the cinema)

idol; matinee idol (someone who is adored blindly and excessively)

television star; TV star (a star in a television show)


Sense 4principal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capital as contrasted with the income derived from it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

corpus; principal sum; principal

Hypernyms ("principal" is a kind of...):

capital (wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value)


Sense 5principal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

dealer; principal

Hypernyms ("principal" is a kind of...):

financier; moneyman (a person skilled in large scale financial transactions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "principal"):

broker-dealer (a financial specialist who trades for his own account and so acts both as a broker and principal)


PRINCIPAL (adjective)


Sense 1principal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Most important element

Synonyms:

chief; main; principal; primary

Context examples:

the chief aim of living / the main doors were of solid glass / the principal rivers of America / the principal example / policemen were primary targets

Similar:

important; of import (of great significance or value)


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