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used in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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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
  • Slowly and solemnly he was borne into Briony Lodge and laid out in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings from my post by the window.
    Adventure I — A Scandal in Bohemia (76% in)
  • We are at present, Doctor—as no doubt you have divined—in the cellar of the City branch of one of the principal London banks.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (79% in)
  • Its power was used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country of those who were opposed to its views.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (76% in)
  • THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, D.D., Principal of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to opium.
    Adventure VI — The Man with the Twisted Lip (0% in)
  • Those are the principal points about which I wished to be absolutely clear.
    Adventure VI — The Man with the Twisted Lip (69% in)
  • A camp-bed, a small wooden shelf full of books, mostly of a technical character, an armchair beside the bed, a plain wooden chair against the wall, a round table, and a large iron safe were the principal things which met the eye.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (67% in)

There are no more uses of "principal" in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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