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Definition of principal boy in English:
The leading male role in a pantomime, usually played by a woman.
- And for many of the youngsters at the school she says the colourful session was an introduction to panto, including the traditions of principal boys played by young women and pantomime dames played by older men.
- The topsy-turvydom of pantomime, in the Italian tradition - the hero played by a girl, the dame by a man - is well on the way out as far as principal boys are concerned.
- Sara who is one of the strongest principal boys around has had a busy year working in television.
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