bossboss /bɒsbɒːs/ noun [countableC] informal 1the person who employs you or who is in charge of you at work
I’ll have to ask my boss for a day off.
2a manager with an important position in an organization
What they need to do is lobby strongly for more women bosses.
Prison bosses launched an investigation into major security lapses.
Boss is an informal word for a manager (=someone whose job is to be in charge of all or part of a company or a particular activity). A supervisor is someone who is in charge of a group of workers or a particular area of work, especially workers in low-ranking jobs. A foreman/forewoman is a worker who is in charge of a group of workers in a factory or on a building site. The Chief Executive Officer/CEO (also Managing Director/MD British EnglishBrE) is the most senior manager in a company, and has the most authority. The job of Chief Executive Officer can also be combined with the job of president American EnglishAmE/chairman of the board British EnglishBrE, whose role involves leading the company and making the final decisions on its business policy. The senior management are the most important group of managers in a company. Below them are the middle management and then the junior management.
3be your own boss to work for yourself rather than being employed by someone else
He’s looking forward to the day when he will be his own boss.