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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
a. at the beginning
Se conocieron a principios de año y se casaron en julio.They met at the beginning of the year and got married in July.
El curso empieza a principios de otoño y acaba antes de Navidad.The course will start in early fall, and will finish before Christmas.
c. at the turn (of the century)
El autor nació a principios del siglo XX, y murió en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.The author was born at the turn of the 20th century, and died in the Second World War.
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