Vegetables are the principal ingredients in this soup.
She is the principal cellist of the orchestra.
If any suspect that Griswold was exaggerating, they should reflect on the fact that the principal Supreme Court case justifying the invocation of the national security privilege was based on a governmental lie. —Garry Wills, New York Review of Books, 12 Feb. 2009
Following the agreement, the four principal tobacco companies—Philip Morris, R. J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson, and Lorillard—raised their prices more than 45 cents per pack. The costs of the settlement, as predicted, were passed on to consumers. —Allan M. Brandt, The Cigarette Century, 2007
Their principal industry was the manufacture, in a long, low, mostly-wooden, two-story factory, of cold cream. —Frederick Busch, Too Late American Boyhood Blues, 1984
: highest in rank or importance :chief<My sister had the principal part in the school play.>
Definition of PRINCIPAL for Kids
: the head of a school
: a leading or most important person or thing
: a sum of money that is placed to earn interest, is owed as a debt, or is used as a fund
Headscratcher for PRINCIPAL
Principal and principle sound the same but have different spellings and different meanings. A principle is a basic truth or theory that people base other ideas on, as in science. A principal is the head of a school. A commonly used way of remembering the spelling is by remembering that the principal is your pal.