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principal

adjective [before noun] uk   us   /ˈprɪn.sɪ.pəl/
B1 first in order of importance: Iraq's principal export is oil. He was principal dancer at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. That was my principal reason for moving.
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principal

noun uk   us   /ˈprɪn.sɪ.pəl/

principal noun (PERSON)

A2 US (UK headteacher, head) [C] the person in charge of a school A2 UK [C] the person in charge of a college or university

principal noun (MONEY)

[C usually singular] specialized finance & economics an amount of money that someone has invested in a bank or lent to a person or organization so that they will receive interest on it from the bank, person, or organization: She lives off the interest and tries to keep the principal intact.
Translations of “principal”
in Arabic رَئيسي…
in Korean 주요한…
in Malaysian utama…
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 Vietnamese chính…
in Spanish principal…
in Portuguese principal, mais importante…
in Thai สำคัญมากกว่าอย่างอื่น…
in German hauptsächlich…
in Catalan principal…
in Japanese 主な, 最も重要な, 主要な…
in Indonesian terpenting…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最重要的…
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