a person who employs or superintends workers; manager.
a politician who controls the party organization, as in a particular district.
a person who makes decisions, exercises authority, dominates, etc.: My grandfather was the boss in his family.
(in a video game or role-playing game) a powerful nonplayer character, often appearing at the end of a level or at the end of the game, who must be defeated in order for a player to move on to a new level or to win the game (often used attributively): Is there a trick to beating the final boss?Your objective for this boss-level event is to survive several waves of zombie attacks.
to be boss.
to be too domineering and authoritative.
Other definitions for boss (2 of 4)
Botany, Zoology. a protuberance or roundish excrescence on the body or on some organ of an animal or plant.
Geology. a knoblike mass of rock, especially an outcrop of igneous or metamorphic rock.
an ornamental protuberance of metal, ivory, etc.; stud.
an ornamental, knoblike projection, as a carved keystone at the intersection of ogives.
a stone roughly formed and set in place for later carving.
Bookbinding. one of several pieces of brass or other metal inset into the cover of a book to protect the corners or edges or for decoration.
Machinery. a small projection on a casting or forging.
Nautical. a projecting part in a ship's hull, or in one frame of a hull, fitting around a propeller shaft.
to ornament with bosses.
(in plumbing) to hammer (sheet metal, as lead) to conform to an irregular surface.
Other definitions for boss (3 of 4)
a familiar name for a calf or cow.
How to use boss in a sentence
Two months later, Murphy took over the intelligence office after his boss retired and proceeded to have multiple meetings with Cuccinelli on the HTA.What to make of the DHS whistleblower’s shocking complaint | Alex Ward | September 11, 2020 | Vox
You might fool me about how well you do your job, you might fool your boss about how well you do your job, but you will never fool you.Podcast recommendations for a better life and career from Fortune’s 40 under 40 | Aric Jenkins | September 5, 2020 | Fortune
Shivani Siroya, 38, CEO & founder at TalaThe best career advice I ever received came from my boss, Eva Weissman, when I was working at the United Nations Population Fund.The advice that helped this year’s 40 under 40 find their own path | kdunn6 | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
Manu Kumar Jain, 39, global vice president, Xiaomi, and managing director, Xiaomi IndiaThe best advice I ever received was from my first boss at McKinsey & Company, Ireena Vittal, who also recruited me into the firm.The advice that helped this year’s 40 under 40 find their own path | kdunn6 | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
Already short-staffed in light of cost cuts, agency bosses will need to weigh up their chances of winning new business with the impact it will have on work for current clients.‘It’s more transformational’: For the third time in five years, advertisers will launch a mediapalooza of account reviews | Seb Joseph | September 2, 2020 | Digiday
Based on the hat he had created for himself, Stetson made a version called “The boss of the Plains.”
NBC News boss Deborah Turness abruptly ousted the ‘Meet the Press’ host four months ago.David Gregory's 'Meet the Press' Eviction Exposed in Washingtonian Takedown | Lloyd Grove | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like his boss al-Baghdadi, he was captured by U.S. forces and served time in Camp Bucca.Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar | Jamie Dettmer | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I later told my boss about what had happened, but she told me that I probably misunderstood the situation.
His sensitivity to this problem came out in his first sharp disagreement with his boss, VMI superintendent Francis H. Smith.
Delancy knew that the message was from that man he had never seen—the big boss, the man who knew all the answers.
Each man knows his part and your near neighbor, John Smith, is boss of the whole.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Money and political power, boss of this State—that's what I'm after—and no idle dream either.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Policemen send their daughters to Europe, and the boss politicians get rich so fast they spend money almost like a gentleman.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Something came up today and the boss had to leave in a hurry—right in the middle of a conference.
British Dictionary definitions for boss (1 of 4)
a person in charge of or employing others
mainly US a professional politician who controls a party machine or political organization, often using devious or illegal methods
to employ, supervise, or be in charge of
(usually foll by around or about) to be domineering or overbearing towards (others)
slang excellent; fine: a boss hand at carpentry; that's boss!
British Dictionary definitions for boss (2 of 4)
a knob, stud, or other circular rounded protuberance, esp an ornamental one on a vault, a ceiling, or a shield
biology any of various protuberances or swellings in plants and animals
an area of increased thickness, usually cylindrical, that strengthens or provides room for a locating device on a shaft, hub of a wheel, etc
a similar projection around a hole in a casting or fabricated component
an exposed rounded mass of igneous or metamorphic rock, esp the uppermost part of an underlying batholith
to ornament with bosses; emboss
British Dictionary definitions for boss (3 of 4)
a calf or cow
British Dictionary definitions for BOSS (4 of 4)
Bureau of State Security; a branch of the South African security police
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