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principal
used in The Great Gatsby

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Definition
most important; or person who is most important
The exact meaning of principal can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "the principal idea" or "the principal performer" — the most important
  • "the principal of the school" — the person in charge
  • "a principal of a company" — an owner or person with controlling authority
  • "the principal in a transaction" (as contrasted to the agent) — the person on whose behalf an agent acts
  • The young Greek, Michaelis, who ran the coffee joint beside the ashheaps was the principal witness at the inquest.
    p. 136.1
principal = most important
There are no more uses of "principal" in The Great Gatsby.

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