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Meaning of “boss” in the English Dictionary

"boss" in British English

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bossnoun [C]

uk   /bɒs/  us   /bɑːs/
  • boss noun [C] (MANAGER)

A2 the ​person who is in ​charge of an ​organization and who ​tellsothers what to do: She was the boss of a ​largeinternationalcompany. 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 ​importantdecisions) in ​yourhouse?

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bossverb [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.

bossadjective

uk   /bɒs/  us   /bɑːs/ slang
(Definition of boss from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"boss" in American English

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bossnoun [C]

 us   /bɔs, bɑs/
the ​person who is in ​charge of an ​organization or a ​department and who ​tellsothers what to do: I’ll ​ask my boss if I can take the ​afternoon off.
bossy
adjective  us   /ˈbɔ·si, ˈbɑs·i/
disapproving "Move over," she said in a bossy ​tone.
(Definition of boss from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"boss" in Business English

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bossnoun [C]

uk   us   /bɒs/ MANAGEMENT, HR, WORKPLACE
a ​person who is ​senior to you at ​work, especially the ​person who is your ​manager: Getting on badly with the boss ​topped the ​list of reasons given by ​workers for ​leaving their ​job. my new/old/​former boss
informal the ​person in ​charge of a ​company: Now that the ​companyfinally has a new boss, ​investors will be ​demanding to see a new ​strategy. company/​union/​bank bosses
be your own boss to ​work for yourself, not for an ​employer: I always wanted to be ​self-employed, to be my own boss, and do things the way I ​thought they should be done.
(Definition of boss from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “boss”
in Korean 보스, 상사…
in Arabic مُدير…
in Malaysian ketua besar…
in French patron/-onne…
in Russian начальник…
in Chinese (Traditional) 經理, 老闆, 上司…
in Italian capo…
in Turkish patron, işveren…
in Polish szef/owa…
in Spanish jefe…
in Vietnamese ông chủ, thủ trưởng…
in Portuguese chefe…
in Thai เจ้านาย…
in German der Chef…
in Catalan cap…
in Japanese ボス, 上司…
in Chinese (Simplified) 经理, 老板, 上司…
in Indonesian majikan…
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