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principal
used in Do You Speak American?

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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
  • Females among the Burnouts were the principal leaders of linguistic change, measured by how completely they adopted the vowel changes in the Northern Cities Shift.
    two — Changing Dialects: Dingbatters Versus Hoi-Toiders (71% in)
  • As it began to grow at the beginning of the twentieth century, Los Angeles attracted some Mexicans, Japanese, Russians, and New Yorkers, but principally Anglo-Saxon farmers from the Midwest.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (14% in)

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