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The Dutch settlements in North America all came under English rule in the 1660s and 1670s, but Dutch continued to be spoken in the region long afterward. In American English, the lexical heritage of the Dutch colonies includes dope, stoop (meaning “porch”), and Santa Claus. Perhaps the most pervasive Dutch loanword is boss, from the Dutch baas, meaning “master.” The word first appears in the form boss in 1806, used by Washington Irving. Part of its success seems to have resulted from an American aversion to master, which was common in British use.
Definition of boss
- union bosses
- a mafia boss
- asking your boss for a raise
- standing up to the party bosses
Examples of boss in a Sentence
a boss new rock band
that's a really boss stereo you've got
BOSS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of boss for English Language Learners
: great or excellent
BOSS Defined for Kids
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