What does principal mean?

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  1. Primary; most important.
  2. (obsolete, Latinism) Of or relating to a prince; princely.
  1. (finance, uncountable) The money originally invested or loaned, on which basis interest and returns are calculated.
  2. (Canada) The chief administrator of a school.
  3. (Britain, Scotland, Canada) The chief executive and chief academic officer of a university or college.
  4. (law) One who directs another (the agent) to act on one′s behalf.
  5. (law) The primary participant in a crime.
  6. A company represented by a salesperson.
  7. (Canada) A partner or owner of a business.
  8. (music) A diapason, a type of organ stop on a pipe organ.
  9. (architecture, engineering) The construction that gives shape and strength to a roof, generally a truss of timber or iron; or, loosely, the most important member of a piece of framing.
  10. The first two long feathers of a hawk's wing.
  11. One of the turrets or pinnacles of waxwork and tapers with which the posts and centre of a funeral hearse were formerly crowned.
  12. (obsolete) An essential point or rule; a principle.
  13. A dancer at the highest rank within a professional dance company, particularly a ballet company.
  14. (computing) A security principal.
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