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principal

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈprɪn·sə·pəl/ us  

principal adjective [not gradable] (MAIN)

first in order of importance: Iraq’s principal export is oil.

principal

noun  /ˈprɪn·sə·pəl/ us  

principal noun (PERSON)

[C] a person in charge of a school

principal noun (MONEY)

[C usually sing] an amount of money that is lent, borrowed, or invested, apart from any additional money such as interest
Translations of “principal”
in Korean 주요한…
in Arabic رَئيسي…
in French principal…
in Turkish ana, asıl, esas…
in Italian principale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最重要的…
in Russian главный, основной…
in Polish główny…
in Spanish principal…
in Portuguese principal, mais importante…
in German hauptsächlich…
in Catalan principal…
in Japanese 主な, 最も重要な, 主要な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最重要的…
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