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principal

prin·ci·pal

principal

 
pronunciation:
prIn s pl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition: greatest or first in importance.
The principal job of the police is to keep the peace.
synonyms:
chief, foremost, main, paramount, primary, prime
similar words:
capital, cardinal, central, dominant, first, head, lead, major, premier
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the person who is head of a school.
No student wants to be sent to the principal's office.
similar words:
chief, director, head, master, mistress, superintendent
definition 2: the main person who leads or plays an important part in an activity.
At the end of the meeting, the principals shook hands to show they had reached an agreement.
antonyms:
accessory
similar words:
captain, chief, head, hero, heroine, lead, leader, participant, star, superior
derivation: principalship (n.)
Homophone Note
Principal and principle sound alike but have different meanings.
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  education, power, school
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