Quick answer
"Chief" is a noun which is often translated as "el jefe", and "boss" is a noun which is also often translated as "el jefe". Learn more about the difference between "chief" and "boss" below.
chief(
chif
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (head)
a. el jefe
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la jefa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The chief of police couldn't be bribed by the mafia.El jefe de policía no se dejaba sobornar por la mafia.
b. el cacique
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of indigenous people)
The general and the chief agreed on a cease-fire.El general y el cacique acordaron un alto el fuego.
c. el patrón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la patrona
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of manual workers)
The chief said he will fire me if I arrive late to work again.El patrón me dijo que me echaría si llego otra vez tarde a trabajar.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (most important)
a. principal
The chief function of the state is to ensure people's well-being.La función principal del Estado es garantizar el bienestar de la gente.
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boss(
bas
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (person in charge)
a. el jefe
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la jefa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The boss told them to deliver the goods.La jefa les dijo que enviaran las mercancías.
b. el patrón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la patrona
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If you want a discount, you will have to speak to the boss.Si quiere un descuento, tendrá que hablar con el patrón.
c. el dirigente
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la dirigente
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(politics, labor)
The union bosses agreed to go on strike.Los dirigentes sindicales acordaron ponerse en huelga.
d. el capo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(mafia)
They made a film about a famous mob boss.Hicieron una película sobre un famoso capo de la mafia.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(form of address)
a. el jefe
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la jefa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Hey, boss! Give me a hamburger and a Coke.¡Oye, jefe! Dame una hamburguesa y una Coca-Cola.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to give orders)
a. dar órdenes a
He started bossing employees around on his first day as manager.Empezó a dar órdenes a todos los empleados en su primer día como gerente.
b. mangonear
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
My older brother loved bossing us around when were kids.A mi hermano mayor le encantaba mangonearnos de niños.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(excellent)
a. soberbio
Jimmy's got himself some boss new wheels!¡Jimmy tiene un carro nuevo soberbio!
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