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boss

noun [C] uk   /bɒs/ us    /bɑːs/

boss noun [C] (MANAGER)

A2 the person who is in charge of an organization and who tells others what to do: She was the boss of a large international company. I started up my own business and now I'm my own boss (= I work for myself and no one tells me what to do). informal Who's the boss (= the person who makes all the important decisions) in your house?
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boss noun [C] (DECORATION)

a raised rounded decoration, such as on a shield or a ceiling

boss

verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   /bɒs/ us    /bɑːs/ informal disapproving
to tell someone what to do all the time: I wish he'd stop bossing me around/about.

boss

adjective uk   /bɒs/ us    /bɑːs/ slang
very good or excellent: It was a boss party.
Translations of “boss”
in Korean 보스, 상사…
in Arabic مُدير…
in French patron/-onne…
in Turkish patron, işveren…
in Italian capo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 經理, 老闆, 上司…
in Russian начальник…
in Polish szef/owa…
in Spanish jefe…
in Portuguese chefe…
in German der Chef…
in Catalan cap…
in Japanese ボス, 上司…
in Chinese (Simplified) 经理, 老板, 上司…
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