first or highest in rank, importance, value, etc.; chief; foremost.
of, of the nature of, or constituting principal or capital:
a principal investment.
Geometry. (of an axis of a conic) passing through the foci.
a chief or head.
the head or director of a school or, especially in England, a college.
a person who takes a leading part in any activity, as a play; chief actor or doer.
the first player of a division of instruments in an orchestra (excepting the leader of the first violins).
something of principal or chief importance.
a person who authorizes another, as an agent, to represent him or her.
a person directly responsible for a crime, either as an actual perpetrator or as an abettor present at its commission.
Compare accessory (def 3).
a person primarily liable for an obligation, in contrast with an endorser, or the like.
the main body of an estate, or the like, as distinguished from income.
Finance. a capital sum, as distinguished from interest or profit.
an organ stop.
the subject of a fugue.
(in a framed structure) a member, as a truss, upon which adjacent or similar members depend for support or reinforcement.
each of the combatants in a duel, as distinguished from the seconds.
first in importance, rank, value, etc; chief
denoting or relating to capital or property as opposed to interest, etc
a person who is first in importance or directs some event, action, organization, etc
(in Britain) a civil servant of an executive grade who is in charge of a section
a person who engages another to act as his agent
an active participant in a crime
the person primarily liable to fulfil an obligation
the head of a school or other educational institution
(in Scottish schools) a head of department
capital or property, as contrasted with the income derived from it
the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated
a main roof truss or rafter
the chief instrumentalist in a section of the orchestra
one of the singers in an opera company
either of two types of open diapason organ stops, one of four-foot length and pitch and the other of eight-foot length and pitch
the leading performer in a play
The original amount of money lent, not including profits and interest.
[uhn-der-priv-uh-lijd, -priv-lijd] /ˈʌn dərˈprɪv ə lɪdʒd, -ˈprɪv lɪdʒd/ adjective 1. denied the enjoyment of the normal privileges or rights of a society because of low economic and social status. underprivileged /ˌʌndəˈprɪvɪlɪdʒd/ adjective 1. lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society; deprived
[uhn-der-pruh-doos, -dyoos] /ˌʌn dər prəˈdus, -ˈdyus/ verb (used with or without object), underproduced, underproducing. 1. to produce less or in a lesser manner or degree than is normal or required.
[uhn-der-pruh-duhk-shuh n] /ˌʌn dər prəˈdʌk ʃən/ noun 1. production that is less than normal or than is required by the demand. underproduction /ˌʌndəprəˈdʌkʃən/ noun 1. (commerce) production below full capacity or below demand
adjective 1. well-advanced or competent in any art, science, or subject; skilled: a proficient swimmer. noun 2. an expert. adjective 1. having great facility (in an art, occupation, etc); skilled noun 2. an archaic word for an expert