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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 movement of these wrinkles formed the principal play of expression on his face.
    Book Two — 1805 (48% in)
  • Bolkonski was invited everywhere, and had to spend the whole morning calling on the principal Austrian dignitaries.
    Book Two — 1805 (55% in)
  • The footman, who was distributing leaflets with Kutuzov's cantata, laid one before Pierre as one of the principal guests.
    Book Four — 1806 (34% in)
  • The duel between Pierre and Dolokhov was hushed up and, in spite of the Emperor's severity regarding duels at that time, neither the principals nor their seconds suffered for it.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (25% in)
  • Such were Willarski and even the Grand Master of the principal lodge.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (23% in)
  • Which is the principal aim of these three?
    Book Six — 1808-10 (28% in)
  • Pierre, as one of the principal guests, had to sit down to boston with Count Rostov, the general, and the colonel.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (75% in)
  • Besides these Russians and foreigners who propounded new and unexpected ideas every day—especially the foreigners, who did so with a boldness characteristic of people employed in a country not their own—there were many secondary personages accompanying the army because their principals were there.
    Book Nine — 1812 (38% in)
  • There they are, those false images that agitated, enraptured, and tormented me," said he to himself, passing in review the principal pictures of the magic lantern of life and regarding them now in the cold white daylight of his clear perception of death.
    Book Ten — 1812 (64% in)
  • ") L'amour which the Frenchman worshiped consisted principally in the unnaturalness of his relation to the woman and in a combination of incongruities giving the chief charm to the feeling.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (81% in)
  • Two months previously when Pierre was already staying with the Rostovs he had received a letter from Prince Theodore, asking him to come to Petersburg to confer on some important questions that were being discussed there by a society of which Pierre was one of the principal founders.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (58% in)

There are no more uses of "principal" in War and Peace.

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