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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
  • He then spent a few years serving at one of the Society's schools as a prefect—a headmaster, a principal in charge of their young pupils.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (88% in)
  • He had to slide out of it sideways, so that our three principal characters now stood in a triangle, the chair in the middle.
    7.3 - Vingt et un (22% in)

There are no more uses of "principal" in The Magic Mountain.

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