principal


principal
adj.
1 main, principal.
lo principal es… the main thing is…
puerta principal front door
2 chief, big-league, blue-chip, boss.
m.
first floor (British), second floor (United States) (plant).
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principal
adjetivo
1 main, chief
lo principal es que duerma bien the main thing is that he sleeps well
nombre masculino
1 (piso) first floor, US second floor
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adj.
1) principal
2) main
3) foremost
4) major
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1. ADJ
1) (=más importante) [gen] principal, main; [crítico, adversario] foremost; [piso] first, second (EEUU)

interpreta el papel principal — she plays the leading role

lo principal es que el problema se ha solucionado — the main thing is the problem has been solved

2) [persona, autoridad] illustrious
2. SM
1) (=persona) head, chief, principal
2) (Econ) principal, capital
3) (Teat) dress circle
4) (=piso) first floor, second floor (EEUU)
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I
adjetivo <entrada/carretera/calle> main

el papel principal — the main part o leading role

el personaje principal — the main character

lo principal es que... — the main thing is that...

lo principal es la salud — there's nothing more important than your health

II
masculino
a) (Fin) principal, capital
b) (en teatro, cine) dress circle, mezzanine (AmE)
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= capital, chief, dominant, essential, foremost, leading, main, major, primary, principal, top, key, lead, premier, overriding, prime, staple, number one, top-of-mind, cardinal, master.
Ex. Following internal discussion, it was agreed that a new library should be given the University's top priority in any forthcoming capital building project.
Ex. This section reviews the chief factors that must be taken into account in selecting an appropriate software package.
Ex. English is the dominant language for the dissemination of information.
Ex. The preceding chapter has introduced the essential characteristics of bibliographic descriptions.
Ex. Foremost among those recommendations was one pertaining to the development of a UNIMARC format for authorities.
Ex. In addition to her reputation as a leading expert in information control, Phyllis Richmond is another of ISAD's official reviewers of the AACR2's draft.
Ex. The main rule, however, is do not have loose cables hanging all over the place -- not only is it unsightly but also extremely dangerous.
Ex. This scheme aims for a more helpful order than the major schemes, by following the groupings of subjects as they are taught in schools.
Ex. The primary components in this area are place of publication, publisher's name and date of publication (that is, the date of edition).
Ex. If responsibility is shared between mor than three persons or corporate bodies (and no principal author is indicated), then entry is made under the title.
Ex. ISI's indexes let you locate research in the world's top journals by citation, title word, author, institution, or journal.
Ex. This meeting brought together representatives of the key organizations in the community.
Ex. The United Nations declared 1990 as International Literacy Year (ILY) with Unesco designated as the lead agency for ILY.
Ex. It is the country's premier research library for the natural sciences, engineering, technology and industrial property.
Ex. Consequently, the overriding demand made by the academic community is bibliographical in nature.
Ex. For instance, my sporting goods store is on the ground level and to the right -- prime mall location.
Ex. UK libraries and the BBC Continuing Education have the same staple customer group.
Ex. Eyestrain is the number one complaint of computer users.
Ex. Computer security is a top-of-mind subject for both IT managers and their corporate bosses.
Ex. To underestimate your enemy is committing the cardinal mistake and often the last you'll make!.
Ex. The great significance of a fully developed network will be that it will relieve libraries of the necessity of maintaining their own copies of the master data base.
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* actividad principal = core activity.
* actor principal = lead character, leading man.
* actor principal, el = main character, the, main actor, the.
* administrador principal = top administrator.
* apartarse de los caminos principales = go + off-road.
* asesor principal = senior adviser, senior consultant.
* calle principal, la = high street, the, main street, the.
* carretera principal = major road.
* comida principal = main meal.
* consejero principal = senior adviser, senior consultant.
* director principal = senior director.
* dormitorio principal = master bedroom, master suite.
* el principal = the number one.
* en la corriente principal de = in the mainstream of.
* en la tendencia principal de = in the mainstream of.
* frase que recoge el tema principal del artículo = topic sentence.
* fuente principal de información = chief source of information.
* guía principal = guiding principle.
* la cosa principal = the number one thing.
* la parte principal de = the bulk of.
* motivo principal = prime cause.
* papel principal = title role.
* parte principal del texto = meat of the text.
* personaje principal = lead character.
* personaje principal, el = main character, the, main actor, the.
* plato principal = entrée, main entrée.
* ponencia principal = keynote presentation.
* primero y principal = first and foremost.
* principal razón = prime cause.
* principal sospechoso = leading suspect.
* principal sostén de la familia = breadwinner [bread winner].
* programa principal = Core Programme.
* protagonista principal = centrepiece [centerpiece, -USA], lead character.
* protagonista principal, el = main character, the, main actor, the.
* recurso principal = primary resource.
* semiprincipal = semi-main.
* ser lo principal de = be at the core of, be at the heart of.
* * *
I
adjetivo <entrada/carretera/calle> main

el papel principal — the main part o leading role

el personaje principal — the main character

lo principal es que... — the main thing is that...

lo principal es la salud — there's nothing more important than your health

II
masculino
a) (Fin) principal, capital
b) (en teatro, cine) dress circle, mezzanine (AmE)
* * *
= capital, chief, dominant, essential, foremost, leading, main, major, primary, principal, top, key, lead, premier, overriding, prime, staple, number one, top-of-mind, cardinal, master.

Ex: Following internal discussion, it was agreed that a new library should be given the University's top priority in any forthcoming capital building project.

Ex: This section reviews the chief factors that must be taken into account in selecting an appropriate software package.
Ex: English is the dominant language for the dissemination of information.
Ex: The preceding chapter has introduced the essential characteristics of bibliographic descriptions.
Ex: Foremost among those recommendations was one pertaining to the development of a UNIMARC format for authorities.
Ex: In addition to her reputation as a leading expert in information control, Phyllis Richmond is another of ISAD's official reviewers of the AACR2's draft.
Ex: The main rule, however, is do not have loose cables hanging all over the place -- not only is it unsightly but also extremely dangerous.
Ex: This scheme aims for a more helpful order than the major schemes, by following the groupings of subjects as they are taught in schools.
Ex: The primary components in this area are place of publication, publisher's name and date of publication (that is, the date of edition).
Ex: If responsibility is shared between mor than three persons or corporate bodies (and no principal author is indicated), then entry is made under the title.
Ex: ISI's indexes let you locate research in the world's top journals by citation, title word, author, institution, or journal.
Ex: This meeting brought together representatives of the key organizations in the community.
Ex: The United Nations declared 1990 as International Literacy Year (ILY) with Unesco designated as the lead agency for ILY.
Ex: It is the country's premier research library for the natural sciences, engineering, technology and industrial property.
Ex: Consequently, the overriding demand made by the academic community is bibliographical in nature.
Ex: For instance, my sporting goods store is on the ground level and to the right -- prime mall location.
Ex: UK libraries and the BBC Continuing Education have the same staple customer group.
Ex: Eyestrain is the number one complaint of computer users.
Ex: Computer security is a top-of-mind subject for both IT managers and their corporate bosses.
Ex: To underestimate your enemy is committing the cardinal mistake and often the last you'll make!.
Ex: The great significance of a fully developed network will be that it will relieve libraries of the necessity of maintaining their own copies of the master data base.
* actividad principal = core activity.
* actor principal = lead character, leading man.
* actor principal, el = main character, the, main actor, the.
* administrador principal = top administrator.
* apartarse de los caminos principales = go + off-road.
* asesor principal = senior adviser, senior consultant.
* calle principal, la = high street, the, main street, the.
* carretera principal = major road.
* comida principal = main meal.
* consejero principal = senior adviser, senior consultant.
* director principal = senior director.
* dormitorio principal = master bedroom, master suite.
* el principal = the number one.
* en la corriente principal de = in the mainstream of.
* en la tendencia principal de = in the mainstream of.
* frase que recoge el tema principal del artículo = topic sentence.
* fuente principal de información = chief source of information.
* guía principal = guiding principle.
* la cosa principal = the number one thing.
* la parte principal de = the bulk of.
* motivo principal = prime cause.
* papel principal = title role.
* parte principal del texto = meat of the text.
* personaje principal = lead character.
* personaje principal, el = main character, the, main actor, the.
* plato principal = entrée, main entrée.
* ponencia principal = keynote presentation.
* primero y principal = first and foremost.
* principal razón = prime cause.
* principal sospechoso = leading suspect.
* principal sostén de la familia = breadwinner [bread winner].
* programa principal = Core Programme.
* protagonista principal = centrepiece [centerpiece, -USA], lead character.
* protagonista principal, el = main character, the, main actor, the.
* recurso principal = primary resource.
* semiprincipal = semi-main.
* ser lo principal de = be at the core of, be at the heart of.

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principal1
adjective
‹entrada› main; ‹carretera/calle› main
el papel principal lo hacía Azucena Romero the main part o leading role was played by Azucena Romero
el personaje principal se suicida al final the main character commits suicide at the end
lo principal es que no se hizo daño the main thing is that he didn't hurt himself
lo principal es la salud there's nothing more important than your health
principal2
masculine
1 (Fin) principal, capital
2 (en un teatro, cine) upper balcony (AmE), upper circle (BrE)
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principal adjetivo
main;
papelleading (before n);
lo principal es que… the main thing is that…

principal adjetivo main, principal

'principal' also found in these entries:
Spanish:
central
- constreñir
- dirección
- director
- directora
- eclipsar
- maestra
- maestro
- mayor
- nudo
- puerta
- requerir
- sita
- sito
- soler
- subdirector
- subdirectora
- mayordomo
- mayoritario
- plato
- portón
- protagonista
English:
already
- anchor
- attraction
- averse
- bed
- body
- bomb
- bread-and-butter
- by
- central
- chief
- dash
- deputy
- dinner
- do
- enjoy
- flagship
- foremost
- head
- high
- high road
- imagine
- irony
- lead
- lead off from
- lead story
- leading
- leading lady
- leading man
- main
- mainland
- mainstay
- master
- mind
- objective
- on
- opposed
- premier
- primary
- prime
- principal
- road
- runaway
- title role
- trunk road
- upstage
- course
- limb
- major
- rat
* * *
principal
adj
1. [más importante] main, principal;
me han dado el papel principal de la obra de teatro I've been given the leading o lead role in the play;
puerta principal front door;
lo principal the main thing
2. [oración] main
nm
1. [piso] Br first floor, US second floor
2. Fin principal
* * *
principal
I adj main, principal;
lo principal the main o most important thing
II m second floor, Br
first floor
* * *
principal adj
1) : main, principal
2) : foremost, leading
principal nm
: capital, principal
* * *
principal1 adj main
los puntos principales the main points
lo principal the main thing
principal2 n first floor
viven en el principal they live on the first floor

Spanish-English dictionary. 2013.

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  • principal — prin·ci·pal 1 / prin sə pəl/ adj 1: being the main or most important, consequential, or influential their principal place of business the principal obligor 2: of, relating to, or constituting principal or a principal the principal amount of the… …   Law dictionary

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  • principal — Principal, Estre le Principal et plus excellent, Primas partes in re aliqua agere, Principatum tenere. Pansa a esté nostre principal aide et secours, Principem habuimus Pansam. Laquelle chose est la principale et la meilleure, et la plus forte,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Principal — may refer to: Education The head of an educational institution: *Principal (school), head of a primary or secondary school *Principal (university), chief executive of a university **Dean (education), a person with significant authority **Provost… …   Wikipedia

  • principal — PRINCIPÁL, Ă, principali, e, adj. Care are o importanţă deosebită sau cea mai mare importanţă; de căpetenie, de frunte. ♢ (gram.) Propoziţie principală (şi substantivat, f.) = propoziţie independentă dintr o frază, de care depind propoziţiile… …   Dicționar Român

  • Principal — Prin ci*pal, a. [F., from L. principalis. See {Prince}.] 1. Highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or degree; most considerable or important; chief; main; as, the principal officers of a Government; the principal men of a state; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • principal — (Del lat. principālis). 1. adj. Dicho de una persona o de una cosa: Que tiene el primer lugar en estimación o importancia y se antepone y prefiere a otras. 2. Dicho de una persona: Que es la primera en un negocio o en cuya cabeza está. 3.… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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  • principal — [prin′sə pəl] adj. [OFr < L principalis < princeps: see PRINCE] 1. first in rank, authority, importance, degree, etc. 2. that is or has to do with PRINCIPAL (n. 3) n. 1. a principal person or thing; specif., a) a ch …   English World dictionary

  • Principal — Prin ci*pal, n. 1. A leader, chief, or head; one who takes the lead; one who acts independently, or who has controlling authority or influence; as, the principal of a faction, a school, a firm, etc.; distinguished from a {subordinate}, {abettor} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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