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noun principal pronunciation in British English /ˈprɪnsəp(ə)l/
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pluralprincipals
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  1. 1
    [countable] the main actor, dancer, singer etc in a performance

    The show had eight principals and more than twenty dancers.

  2. 2
    [countable] British the head of a college or university

    the Principal of Glasgow University

    1. a.
      mainly American the head of a school. The usual British word is head teacher.
  3. 3
    [singular] business the original amount of money that someone borrows, which is paid back with additional money called interest
  4. 4
    [countable] legal a person or organization that has someone to represent them in legal and business matters

    Her interests might conflict with those of her principals.

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