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[nee-guh s] /ˈni gəs/
noun, plural neguses.
a title of Ethiopian royalty.
(initial capital letter) the Emperor of Ethiopia.
Origin of negus1
1585-95; < Amharic nəgus king < Geez, participle of nägŝä to reign


[nee-guh s] /ˈni gəs/
a beverage made of wine and hot water, with sugar, nutmeg, and lemon.
1735-45; after Colonel Francis Negus (died 1732), Englishman who invented it Unabridged
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  • Old Miss Macan upset my markers, drank my negus, and then fainted off herself, with a face like an apothecary's rose.'

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • "Do take a glass of negus," said another, as her friend gave way to her.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The temporary negus who had been appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of King John was among the killed.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • So much for the delights of “lots of negus, wine, and punch!”

    Nearly Lost but Dearly Won Theodore P. Wilson
  • The answer to the negus ran thus: He was mistaken in his supposition that Freeland thought of receiving foreign troops.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • negus, stiff as a stop-action photograph, toppled to the floor.

  • negus and his confederate, identified as a poolroom lounger named Hank Stacy, had gotten away with a hundred thousand dollars.

  • The jumbles, and cakes, and negus, and lemonade had disappeared.

  • Beside him, on a low stool, stood a half-finished glass of negus, bedewed with beads of heat.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • Mr. Chillip shook his head, stirred his negus, and sipped it.

British Dictionary definitions for negus


noun (pl) -guses
a hot drink of port and lemon juice, usually spiced and sweetened
Word Origin
C18: named after Col. Francis Negus (died 1732), its English inventor


noun (pl) -guses
a title of the emperor of Ethiopia
Word Origin
from Amharic: king
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Word Origin and History for negus


title of the ruler of Abyssinia, 1590s, from Amharic negush "king," from stem of nagasha "he forced, ruled."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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