principal

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Principal is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

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Adjective[change]

Positive
principal

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. (usually before the noun) The principal thing is the main or most important one.
    Canada's principal trading partner is the USA.
    Presumably most of us work for the same principal reason - in order to live.

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Noun[change]

Singular
principal

Plural
principals

  1. (countable) In American English, a principal is the head of a school. (=headmaster in British English)
  2. (countable) The principal is the most important person in a business, or an artistic group such as a dancers.
  3. (uncountable) Principal is the money that you borrow and must pay back. It does not include interest.