principal: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (prin'su-pul), [key]
- first or highest in rank, importance, value, etc.; chief; foremost.
- of, of the nature of, or constituting principal or capital: a principal investment.
- (of an axis of a conic) passing through the foci.
- a chief or head.
- the head or director of a school or, esp. in England, a college.
- a person who takes a leading part in any activity, as a play; chief actor or doer.
- the first player of a division of instruments in an orchestra (excepting the leader of the first violins).
- something of principal or chief importance.
- a person who authorizes another, as an agent, to represent him or her.
- a person directly responsible for a crime, either as an actual perpetrator or as an abettor present at its commission. Cf.accessory(def. 3).
- a person primarily liable for an obligation, in contrast with an endorser, or the like.
- the main body of an estate, or the like, as distinguished from income.
- a capital sum, as distinguished from interest or profit.
- an organ stop.
- the subject of a fugue.
- (in a framed structure) a member, as a truss, upon which adjacent or similar members depend for support or reinforcement.
- each of the combatants in a duel, as distinguished from the seconds.
- principal (Thesaurus)