This section of Exploring English describes usage of the English words 'principle' and 'principal'.
Principle is a noun meaning "standard or rule of personal conduct." [CED]:
Honesty as a principle has its own rewards.
Principal is an adjective meaning " of the first rank or importance":
Karen Kain was the principal dancer of the Canadian National Ballet.
Principal is also used as a noun meaning "the head of a group, etc.":
The Principal spoke to us in the auditorium.
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