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boss

noun [C]  /bɔs, bɑs/ us  
the person who is in charge of an organization or a department and who tells others what to do: I’ll ask my boss if I can take the afternoon off.
bossy
adjective  /ˈbɔ·si, ˈbɑs·i/ us  
disapproving "Move over," she said in a bossy tone.
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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