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Another word for principal

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Adjective
  1. Most important, influential, or significant

      1. Of or relating to financial assets, especially being or related to those financial assets that add to the net worth of a business:
      2. Most important or most serious; principal; chief
      3. First and foremost; principal:
      1. Bright-red, like the robe of a cardinal
      2. Of foremost importance; paramount:
      3. Of main importance; principal; chief
      1. Highest, as in rank or office; foremost
      2. Highest in rank, authority, or office:
      3. Most important or significant; main; principal
      1. Preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
      2. Corresponding in order to the number one.
      3. Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost:
      1. More prominent or important than others, especially in position or rank:
      2. First in rank or importance; leading
      1. Controlling; essential; important
      2. Of crucial importance; significant:
      1. Principal; chief
      2. Having a position in the lead; foremost:
      3. Ranking first.
      1. Most important; principal.
      2. (Nautical) Connected to or located near the mainmast:
      3. Chief in size, extent, importance, etc.; principal; leading; specif., designating a large central unit on which subsidiaries or branches depend
      1. Characterized by major intervals, scales, etc.
      2. Designating a triad having intervals of a major third between the lower two pitches, and a minor third between the upper two pitches
      3. Equivalent to the distance between the tonic note and the second or third or sixth or seventh degrees of a major scale or mode:
      1. First in rank, order, or importance:
      1. Highest in rank, power, or authority:
      2. Of chief concern or importance:
      1. First in status or importance; principal or chief:
      1. (Ornithology) Designating or of the large, stiff feathers on the last section, or hand, of a bird's wing
      2. Relating to the replacement of only one of several atoms or groups in a compound, such as an amine in which one valence of the functional group is taken by a carbon atom.
      3. First in importance; chief; principal; main
      1. From which others are derived; fundamental; basic
      2. Being the most desired or suitable example of something:
      3. First or highest in rank or importance; main:
      1. Of, situated at, or being the top; uppermost, highest, greatest, or foremost
      2. Of the highest degree, quality, rank, or amount:
      3. Of or having to do with the Top 40 or the kind of popular music they represent
    See also:

    important

  2. Having or exercising authority

      1. Highest, as in rank or office; foremost
      2. Most important or influential:
      3. Highest in rank, authority, or office:
      1. Of, relating to, or intended for the head. Often used in combination:
      2. Placed at the top or the front:
      3. Foremost in rank or importance:
    See also:

    over

Noun
  1. The main performer in a theatrical production

    See also:

    performing-arts

Another word for principal

Modifier
Noun
      1. One who is highest in rank or authority; a leader.
      2. (--- Nautical) The chief engineer of a ship.
      3. The head or leader of a group, organization, etc.; person of highest title or authority
      1. The working end of a tool or implement:
      2. A single animal:
      3. A person who leads, rules, or is in charge; a leader, chief, or director:
      1. Used as a title for a man who serves as the head or presiding officer of certain societies, clubs, orders, or institutions.
      2. A man who owns a pack of hounds or is the chief officer of a hunt.
      3. The man who serves as the head of a household.
    See also:

    administrator

Synonym Study

  • Capital is applied to that which is ranked at the head of its kind or class because of its importance or its special significance the capital city
  • Foremost suggests being first by having moved ahead to that position the foremost statesman of our time
  • Leading may stress capacity for guiding, conducting, or drawing others as well as implying a position first in importance or rank a leading light of the community
  • Main , in strict usage, is applied to the thing, often part of a system or an extensive whole, that is preeminent in size, power, importance, etc. the main line of a railroad
  • Chief is applied to a person or thing first in rank, authority, importance, significance, etc., and usually connotes subordination of all others chief executive officer, the chief advantages
  • Principal is applied to the thing or person having precedence over all others by reason of size, position, importance, etc. the principal rivers of Africa