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"principal" in British English

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principaladjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈprɪn.sə.pəl/  us   /ˈprɪn.sə.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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principalnoun

uk   /ˈprɪn.sə.pəl/  us   /ˈprɪn.sə.pəl/
(Definition of principal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"principal" in American English

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principaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈprɪn·sə·pəl/
first in order of importance: Iraq’s principal export is oil.

principalnoun

 us   /ˈprɪn·sə·pəl/
  • 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
(Definition of principal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"principal" in Business English

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principaladjective

uk   us   /ˈprɪnsəpəl/
first in order of importance: Iraq's principal export is oil. Nigeria remains the country's principal economic partner.
FINANCE, ECONOMICS relating to an amount of money lent or borrowed, rather than to the interest paid on it: Shares of these funds involve investment risk, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested.

principalnoun

uk   us   /ˈprɪnsəpəl/
[C usually singular] FINANCE an amount of money lent or borrowed, rather than the interest paid on it: She lives off the interest and tries to keep the principal intact. These bonds involve the risk that the issuing company may be unable to pay interest or repay principal. The money is secured by the borrower's home, which is sold after the borrower's death to pay off the interest and principal.
[C] LAW a person who is directly involved in an arrangement, agreement, etc., rather than someone acting for that person: Once the principals sign the necessary papers the deal will be done.
[C] LAW a person who has legal responsibility for what a business or organization does: I later became a principal at an investment banking firm.
(Definition of principal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “principal”
in Korean 주요한…
in Arabic رَئيسي…
in Malaysian utama…
in French principal…
in Russian главный, основной…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最重要的…
in Italian principale…
in Turkish ana, asıl, esas…
in Polish główny…
in Spanish principal…
in Vietnamese chính…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 最重要的…
in Indonesian terpenting…
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“principal” in Business English

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