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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Boss
  1. Any protuberant part; a round, swelling part or body; a knoblike process; as, a boss of wood.
  2. A protuberant ornament on any work, either of different material from that of the work or of the same, as upon a buckler or bridle; a stud; a knob; the central projection of a shield. See Umbilicus.
  3. [Arch] A projecting ornament placed at the intersection of the ribs of ceilings, whether vaulted or flat, and in other situations.
  4. Etymology: Cf. D. bus box, Dan. bösse

    A wooden vessel for the mortar used in tiling or masonry, hung by a hook from the laths, or from the rounds of a ladder.
  5. [Mech]
    1. The enlarged part of a shaft, on which a wheel is keyed, or at the end, where it is coupled to another.
    2. A swage or die used for shaping metals.
  6. A head or reservoir of water.(Obs)

Etymology: OE. boce bose boche, OF. boce boche bosse, F. bosse, of G. origin; cf. OHG. bōzo tuft, bunch, OHG. bōzan, MHG. bôzen, to beat. See Beat, and cf. Botch a swelling

verb Boss
To ornament with bosses; to stud.

Etymology: OE. bocen, fr. OF. bocier. See the preceding word

noun Boss
A master workman or superintendent; a director or manager; a political dictator.

Etymology: D. baas master

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A circular rounded projection or protuberance
  2. A person responsible for hiring workers ("the boss hired three more men for the new job")
  3. A person who exercises control and makes decisions ("he is his own boss now")
  4. A person who exercises control over workers
  5. A leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments ("party bosses have a reputation for corruption")
  6. Raise in a relief ("embossed stationery")
  7. Exceptionally good ("a boss hand at carpentry")

Borrowing from English boss.

  1. boss (person in charge, supervisor)
  2. (video games) boss

Notable Persons Named Boss

Boss Zucco is a comics character.


Boss Bailey is an american football player. His career lasted from 2003 to 2008. Boss was born on October 14th, 1979 in Folkston, Georgia.


Boss AC is a hip hop music and hip hop tuga rapping. He was most active from 1994 to present. Boss was given the name Ângelo César on January 20th, 1975 in Cape Verde.


Boss Schmidt is a baseball.


Boss Johnson was an MLA for Victoria City, MLA for New Westminster, MLAforVictoria City, and MLAforNew Westminster. He was most active from 1947 to 1952. Boss was born on December 10th, 1890 in Victoria, British Columbia. He died on January 12th, 1964.


Boss was born on April 3rd, 1879 in Fort McIntosh, Texas. Boss is also known as Weeks, Harrison Samuel, and Jr.. He breathed his last breath on February 25th, 1906.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Boss

Hugo was given the name Hugo Ferdinand Boss on July 8th, 1885 in Metzingen. He left this life on August 9th, 1948.


Ross the Boss is a heavy metal music, punk rock, and proto-punk musician. He was most active from 1973 to present. Ross was given the name Ross Friedman on January 3rd, 1954.


Pointy-Haired Boss is a fictional character.


Jeff was born on May 20th, 1963.


Kevin Boss is a football player. He was most prominent from 2007 to 2012. Kevin was born on January 11th, 1984 in Corvallis, Oregon.


Isaac Boss is a rugby player.


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Popularity of Boss as a last name

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Common last names for Boss

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  • Jones
  • Smith

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Boss U.S.
  White 86.69% 64.26%
  African American 8.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.72% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.64% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.96% 16.26%

Of Last Name Boss

People with the last name Boss are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Boss

  • How Popular is the name Boss? Boss is the 19,866th most popular name of all time. As a last name Boss was the 4,154th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Boss have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 356 babies born with the first name Boss in the United States. That's more than enough people named Boss to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Boss? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Boss first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Boss is Wednesday, August 9th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Boss born? The highest recorded use of the first name Boss was in 2011 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Boss: Your name in reverse order is Ssob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bsso. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Boss? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,529 people with the last name Boss.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Boss? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Boss as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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