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    Definition:
    Principal - (a.) Highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or degree; most considerable or important; chief; main; as, the principal officers of a Government; the principal men of a state; the principal productions of a country; the principal arguments in a case.
    Principal - (a.) Of or pertaining to a prince; princely.
    Principal - (n.) A leader, chief, or head; one who takes the lead; one who acts independently, or who has controlling authority or influence; as, the principal of a faction, a school, a firm, etc.; -- distinguished from a subordinate, abettor, auxiliary, or assistant.
    Principal - (n.) The chief actor in a crime, or an abettor who is present at it, -- as distinguished from an accessory.
    Principal - (n.) A chief obligor, promisor, or debtor, -- as distinguished from a surety.
    Principal - (n.) One who employs another to act for him, -- as distinguished from an agent.
    Principal - (n.) A thing of chief or prime importance; something fundamental or especially conspicuous.
    Principal - (n.) A capital sum of money, placed out at interest, due as a debt or used as a fund; -- so called in distinction from interest or profit.
    Principal - (n.) The construction which gives shape and strength to a roof, -- generally a truss of timber or iron, but there are roofs with stone principals. Also, loosely, the most important member of a piece of framing.
    Principal - (n.) In English organs the chief open metallic stop, an octave above the open diapason. On the manual it is four feet long, on the pedal eight feet. In Germany this term corresponds to the English open diapason.
    Principal - (n.) A heirloom; a mortuary.
    Principal - (n.) The first two long feathers of a hawk's wing.
    Principal - (n.) One of turrets or pinnacles of waxwork and tapers with which the posts and center of a funeral hearse were formerly crowned.
    Principal - (n.) A principal or essential point or rule; a principle.
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    Principalities - (pl. ) of Principality
    Principality - (n.) Sovereignty; supreme power; hence, superiority; predominance; high, or the highest, station.
    Principality - (n.) A prince; one invested with sovereignty.
    Principality - (n.) The territory or jurisdiction of a prince; or the country which gives title to a prince; as, the principality of Wales.
    Principally - (adv.) In a principal manner; primarily; above all; chiefly; mainly.
    Principalness - (n.) The quality of being principal.
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    Oxford: Definition:
    Principal - adj. 1 (usu. Attrib.) First in rank or importance; chief. 2 main, leading. n. 1 chief person. 2 head of some schools, colleges, and universities. 3 leading performer in a concert, play, etc. 4 capital sum as distinct from interest or income. 5 person for whom another is agent etc. 6 civil servant of the grade below secretary. 7 person directly responsible for a crime. principally adv. [latin: related to *prince]
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    Oxford: Definition: Similar or Containing
    Principal boy - n. Leading male role in a pantomime, usu. Played by a woman.
    Principality - n. (pl. -ies) 1 state ruled by or government of a prince. 2 (the principality) wales.
    Principal parts - n.pl. Gram. Parts of a verb from which all other parts can be deduced.

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