From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbossboss1 /bɒs $ bɒːs/ ●●● S2 W3 noun [countable] 1 BEBOthe person who employs you or who is in charge of you at work → employer, manager, supervisor I’ll have to ask my boss for a day off. Since I’m my own boss
(=I work for myself, rather than for an employer), my hours are flexible.2 informalBB someone with an important position in a company or other organization the new boss at Paramount Pictures union bosses3 CONTROLthe person who is the strongest in a relationship, who controls a situation etc When you first start training a dog, it’s important to let him see that you’re the boss. You’ve got to show the kids who’s boss.4 AVTBa round decoration on the surface of something, for example on the ceiling of an old buildingTHESAURUSboss the person who is in charge of you at work. Boss sounds rather informal. The usual word to use in more formal English is managerDoes your boss know you're looking for another job?manager the person in charge of a business such as a shop, a bank, or a hotel, or of a part of a businessI'd like to speak to the hotel manager.the sales managerthe manager of an Italian restauranthead the person who is in charge of an organization or a department within that organizationthe head of the CIAMy wife's head of the French department at the university.He was the former head of the American Cancer Society.chief the most important person or one of the most important people in an organization such as the police, the fire department, or the armythe chief of policepolice/army/fire chiefsHealth chiefs have secured cash to build two new hospitals.president especially American English the person who is in charge of a large company or a department within a companythe president of CBS newsAngry shareholders called for the resignation of the company president.managing director British English the person who is in charge of the daily management of a company or organizationHe's the managing director of a small printing firm.chief executive (also chief executive officer, CEO) the person who is in charge of the daily management of a companythe CEO of General MotorsUniversal Studios is looking for a new chief executive.supervisor someone who is in charge of a group of workers, whose job is to make sure that the workers do what the manager wantsHe was employed as a warehouse supervisor.line manager the manager who is directly in charge of you in a companyIf you want to take a holiday, first ask your line manager.report to somebody if you report to someone in a company, that person is directly in charge of youJan is based in Birmingham and reports to the Head of Marketing.
Examples from the Corpusboss• Time and again as boss of Rangers and Liverpool, Souness has smashed the million-pound barrier to sign players.• The front page of the paper announced "Company bosses get record pay increases".• It was a display which earned high praise, not least from Coventry boss Bobby Gould.• But we noticed that people in Washington more or less assumed the personality and the style of their elected bosses.• She accuses her former boss of sexually harassing her.• The managing director is a man but my immediate boss is a woman.• As a secretary, my job includes taking my boss's phone calls.• We worried about titles and offices and whether or not our bosses really liked us.• I don't make as much money as I used to, but I prefer being my own boss.• He will probably be none other than General Jaruzelski, the party boss.• But the boss still wants his money.• There's a new guy at work who's always trying to impress the boss.• If they did this particularly well, analysts were thought well of by their bosses.• Can you ask your boss if she'll let you leave early today?• Does your boss know you're looking for another job?my own boss• I don't like to be beholden to anybody, I like to be my own boss.