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principal
used in Not Without My Daughter

22 uses
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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
  • These new principals were generally younger and less schooled, but possessed the religious zeal that had now become the first priority of government.
  • Their principal product was deodorant, although it was never evident at Ameh Bozorg's house.
  • I was determined that Mahtob would begin first grade in America, but I held my tongue as Moody conversed with the principal, translating my questions.
  • Moody explained that he wanted Mahtob to start the very next day, but the principal said there was a six-month waiting list.
  • In the office Mahtob and I stood by apprehensively as Moody spoke to the principal, a woman who clutched her black chad or tightly around her face with both hands.
  • Moody spoke further with the principal.
  • "Khanum Shaheen she is the principal will show you," he said to me.
  • Finally the principal relented.
  • Rather, when Moody returned, his anger was directed more at me than at Mahtob, for the principal had demanded something of him that he did not want to give.
  • But the principal, with a kind, soft word, beckoned again, insisting.
  • The principal sat in one corner of the room doing, it seemed, nothing.
  • The principal says that everybody really wants to know English.
  • To my surprise, I learned one day that Mrs. Azahr had once been principal of a school herself.
  • The principal raised her head and clicked her tongue.
  • Ellen and Hormoz spoke with the principal for many minutes, confirming the details of my story.
  • Hormoz said something to her in Farsi, and the principal's countenance darkened.
  • As the words came through to me, they reflected a solemn, even angered, change in the principal's demeanor.
  • "We do not know anything," the principal repeated.
  • But the atmosphere did not seem to affect the principal, a grouchy old woman wearing a chad or who eyed us warily "We want to enroll our daughter here," Moody told her in Farsi.
  • "Oh!" the principal said.
  • The principal covered the essentials with us.
  • Then the principal made an impassioned plea for donations from the parents.

There are no more uses of "principal" in Not Without My Daughter.

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