Listen to an audio pronunciation
vs
Listen to an audio pronunciation
Quick answer
"Dueño" is a noun which is often translated as "owner", and "jefe" is a noun which is often translated as "boss". Learn more about the difference between "dueño" and "jefe" below.
el dueño, la dueña(
dweh
-
nyoh
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (one who owns)
a. owner
El dueño del nuevo restaurante nos invitó a la inauguración.The owner of the new restaurant invited us to the grand opening.
b. proprietor
Gerardo celebró diez años como el dueño de la tienda local de deportes.Gerardo celebrated ten years as the proprietor of the local sporting goods store.
c. landlord
Nuestro dueño aumentó la renta de nuevo, así que nos mudamos.Our landlord raised the rent again, so we're moving out.
d. landlady (feminine)
Ella es la dueña de un complejo de apartamentos entero.She is the landlady of an entire apartment complex.
e. proprietress (feminine)
¿A qué te dedicas, Dorothy? - Soy la dueña de una librería.What do you do for a living, Dorothy? - I'm the proprietress of a bookstore.
2. (control; used with "de")
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
La reunión empezó a desmoronarse hasta que el abogado habló y se hizo dueño de la situación.The meeting was starting to fall apart until the lawyer spoke and took control of the situation.
Las olas eran muy grandes, pero los expertos surfistas fueron dueños de la situación.The waves were very big, but the expert surfers were in control of the situation.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
el jefe, la jefa(
heh
-
feh
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (person in charge)
a. boss
Creo que mi jefe intenta hacerme renunciar.I think my boss is trying to make me quit my job.
b. head
Alicia es la nueva jefa del departamento de portugués.Alicia is the new head of the Portuguese department.
c. leader
¿Quién es el jefe del grupo de voluntarios?Who is the leader of volunteer group?
d. manager
El jefe de área es Tom Peters.The area manager is Tom Peters.
e. chief
Lobo Sentado era el jefe de la tribu.Sitting Wolf was the chief of the tribe.
f. commander (military)
El jefe dijo que todos los cadetes deben estar listos a las 0600 horas.The commander said that all cadets must be ready at 0600.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(form of address)
a. boss
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Qué onda, jefe? Dame dos cervezas y dos refrescos.What's up, boss? Give me two beers and two sodas.
b. buddy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Jefe, relájese; es sólo un rasguño.Relax, buddy; it's just a scratch.
c. mate
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
¿Cuánto le debo, jefe?How much is it, mate?
d. guv
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Disculpe, jefe. ¿Dónde está el baño de hombres?Pardon me, guv. Where's the gents?
jefa
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(wife)
a. old lady
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Te gruñirá tu jefa si te vas al partido de futbol con tus cuates el domingo?Will your old lady give you grief if you go to the soccer game with your buddies on Sunday?
b. missis
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Cómo están la jefa y los chiquillos?How are the missis and the kids?
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(mother)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. old lady
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Cómo está tu jefa? ¿Sigue enferma?How's your old lady? Is she still ill?
b. mom
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mi jefa no me deja ir a la fiesta.My mom won't let me go to the party.
c. mum
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Esos de la foto somos mi jefa y yo cuando yo era chavo.Those two in the picture are my mum and me when I was young.
jefes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(parents)
a. folks
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Cuando tenía 16 años, mis jefes no me dejaban salir de noche con mi novio.When I was 16, my folks wouldn't let me go out with my boyfriend at night.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
SpanishDict is the world's most popular Spanish-English dictionary, translation, and learning website.
© Curiosity Media Inc.  |  Ver en español
SOCIAL NETWORKS
APPS