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Boss vs. Mistress — What's the Difference?

Boss vs. Mistress — What's the Difference?

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Boss

A person who is in charge of a worker or organization
Union bosses
Her boss offered her a promotion
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Mistress

A woman who has a continuing sexual relationship with a man who is married to someone else.
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Boss

A stud on the centre of a shield.
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Mistress

A woman in a position of authority, control, or ownership, as the head of a household
"Thirteen years had seen her mistress of Kellynch Hall" (Jane Austen).
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Boss

A large mass of igneous rock protruding through other strata.
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Mistress

A woman who owns or keeps an animal
A cat sitting in its mistress's lap.
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Boss

A cow.
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Mistress

A woman who owns a slave.
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Boss

Give (someone) orders in a domineering manner
You're always bossing us about
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Mistress

A woman with ultimate control over something
The mistress of her own mind.
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Boss

Excellent; outstanding
She's a real boss chick
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Mistress

A nation or country that has supremacy over others
Great Britain, once the mistress of the seas.
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Boss

An employer or supervisor.
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Mistress

Something personified as female that directs or reigns
"my mistress ... the open road" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
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Boss

One who makes decisions or exercises authority.
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Mistress

A woman who has mastered a skill or branch of learning
A mistress of the culinary art.
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Boss

A professional politician who controls a party or a political machine.
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Mistress

Mistress Used formerly as a courtesy title when speaking to or of a woman.
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Boss

A circular protuberance or knoblike swelling, as on the horns of certain animals.
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Mistress

Chiefly British A woman schoolteacher.
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Boss

A raised area used as ornamentation.
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Mistress

A woman, specifically one with great control, authority or ownership
Male equivalent: master
She was the mistress of the estate-mansion, and owned the horses.
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Boss

(Architecture) A raised ornament, such as one at the intersection of the ribs in a vaulted roof.
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Mistress

A female teacher
Male equivalent: master
Games mistress
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Boss

An enlarged part of a shaft to which another shaft is coupled or to which a wheel or gear is keyed.
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Mistress

The other woman in an extramarital relationship, generally including sexual relations
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Boss

A hub, especially of a propeller.
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Mistress

A dominatrix
Male equivalent: master
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Boss

A cow or calf.
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Mistress

A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it
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Boss

To give orders to, especially in an arrogant or domineering manner
Bossing us around.
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Mistress

A woman regarded with love and devotion; a sweetheart
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Boss

To emboss.
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Mistress

(Scotland) A married woman; a wife
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Boss

First-rate; topnotch.
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Mistress

(obsolete) The jack in the game of bowls
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Boss

A person who oversees and directs the work of others; a supervisor.
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Mistress

A female companion to a master a man with control, authority or ownership
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Boss

A person in charge of a business or company.
Chat turned to whisper when the boss entered the conference room.
My boss complains that I'm always late to work.
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Mistress

Female equivalent of master
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Boss

A leader, the head of an organized group or team.
They named him boss because he had good leadership skills.
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Mistress

Female equivalent of mister
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Boss

The head of a political party in a given region or district.
He is the Republican boss in Kentucky.
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Mistress

Of a woman: to master; to learn or develop to a high degree of proficiency.
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Boss

A term of address to a man.
Yes, boss.
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Mistress

(intransitive) To act or take the role of a mistress.
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Boss

(video games) An enemy, often at the end of a level, that is particularly challenging and must be beaten in order to progress.
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Mistress

A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises authority, is chief, etc.; the female head of a family, a school, etc.
The late queen's gentlewoman! a knight's daughter!To be her mistress' mistress!
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Boss

(humorous) Wife.
There's no olive oil; will sunflower oil do? — I'll have to run that by the boss.
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Mistress

A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.
A letter desires all young wives to make themselves mistresses of Wingate's Arithmetic.
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Boss

A swelling, lump or protuberance in an animal, person or object.
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Mistress

A woman regarded with love and devotion; she who has command over one's heart; a beloved object; a sweetheart.
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Boss

(geology) A lump-like mass of rock, especially one projecting through a stratum of different rock.
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Mistress

A woman filling the place, but without the rights, of a wife; a woman having an ongoing usually exclusive sexual relationship with a man, who may provide her with financial support in return; a concubine; a loose woman with whom one consorts habitually; as, both his wife and his mistress attended his funeral.
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Boss

A convex protuberance in hammered work, especially the rounded projection in the centre of a shield.
Apr 20, 2022

Mistress

A title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman.
Now Mistress Gilpin (careful soul).
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Boss

(mechanics) A protrusion, frequently a cylinder of material that extends beyond a hole.
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Mistress

A married woman; a wife.
Several of the neighboring mistresses had assembled to witness the event of this memorable evening.
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Boss

(architectural element) A knob or projection, usually at the intersection of ribs in a vault.
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Mistress

The old name of the jack at bowls.
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Boss

(archery) A target block, made of foam but historically made of hay bales, to which a target face is attached.
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Mistress

To wait upon a mistress; to be courting.
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Boss

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.
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Mistress

An adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
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Boss

A head or reservoir of water.
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Mistress

A woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)
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Boss

(obsolete) A hassock or small seat, especially made from a bundle of straw.
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Mistress

A woman master who directs the work of others
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Boss

(transitive) To exercise authoritative control over; to tell (someone) what to do, often repeatedly.
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Boss

(transitive) To decorate with bosses; to emboss.
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Boss

Of excellent quality, first-rate.
That is a boss Zefron poster.
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Boss

Any protuberant part; a round, swelling part or body; a knoblike process; as, a boss of wood.
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Boss

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.
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Boss

A projecting ornament placed at the intersection of the ribs of ceilings, whether vaulted or flat, and in other situations.
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Boss

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.
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Boss

The enlarged part of a shaft, on which a wheel is keyed, or at the end, where it is coupled to another.
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Boss

A head or reservoir of water.
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Boss

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

To ornament with bosses; to stud.
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Boss

A person who exercises control over workers;
If you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman
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Boss

A person responsible for hiring workers;
The boss hired three more men for the new job
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Boss

A person who exercises control and makes decisions;
He is his own boss now
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Boss

A leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments;
Party bosses have a reputation for corruption
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Boss

A circular rounded projection or protuberance
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Boss

Raise in a relief;
Embossed stationary
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Boss

Exceptionally good;
A boss hand at carpentry
His brag cornfield
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