mf(ā-)n. being at the head or at the beginning, first, principal, chief, eminent (in fine compositi or 'at the end of a compound' = the first or best or chief among, rarely equalsmukha-or ādi-q.v) etc.
मुख्य a. [मुखे आदौ भवः यत्] 1 Relating to the mouth or the face; अथ ह य एवायं मुख्यः प्राणः Ch. Up.1.2.7; Ms.5.141. -2 Chief, principal, foremost, first, preeminent, prominent; चन्दनस्य च मुख्यस्य पादपैरुपशोभितम् Mb.12.169.8; द्विजातिमुख्यः, वारमुख्या, योधमुख्याः &c. -3 Foremost, recited first; मुख्येन वा नियम्येत MS.1.5.6 (where explaining मुख्य, शबर writes मुख्यत्वं नाम रथन्तरस्य प्रथमाधीतत्वम्). -ख्यः A leader, guide. -ख्यम् 1 A principal rite or ordinance. -2 Reading or teaching the Vedas. -3 The month reckoned from new moon to new moon. -4 The category called अपूर्व (in पूर्व-मीमांसा); मुख्यभेदे यथाधिकारं भावः स्यात् MS.7.1.1 (where शबर explains मुख्य by अपूर्व). -Comp. -अर्थः the primary or original (as opp. गौण) meaning of a word. -उपायाः the four chief stratagems (साम, दान, भेद and दण्ड). -क्रमः the order of the principal act; मुख्यक्रमेण वाङ्गानां तदर्थत्वात् MS.5.1.14. -चान्द्रः the chief lunar month. -नृपः, नृपतिः a sovereign monarch, paramount sovereign. -मन्त्रिन् m. the prime minister.
a. being in or on the mouth or face, coming from the mouth; being at the head, chief, principal, foremost, first, best (of, --°ree;), pre-eminent; m. leader: -tas, ad. chiefly; -tâ, f. pre-eminence, among (g. or --°ree;); -tva, n. id.; -mantr-in, m. prime minister: (-i)-tva, n. premiership; -sas, ad. first of all; -½artha, m. principal or original meaning (of a word); a. having or employed in the original meaning.
noun (masculine) a class of gods under Manu Sāvarṇi (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a leader (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
guide (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a tutelary deity (presiding over one of the 81 or 63 divisions or Padas of an astrological house) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
adjective being at the head or at the beginning (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
being in or coming from or belonging to the mouth or face (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
chief (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
eminent (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
first (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
principal (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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