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negus1

[nee-guh s]
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noun, plural ne·gus·es.
  1. a title of Ethiopian royalty.
  2. (initial capital letter) the Emperor of Ethiopia.
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Origin of negus1

1585–95; < Amharic nəgus king < Geez, participle of nägŝä to reign

negus2

[nee-guh s]
noun
  1. a beverage made of wine and hot water, with sugar, nutmeg, and lemon.
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Origin of negus2

1735–45; after Colonel Francis Negus (died 1732), Englishman who invented it
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Examples from the Web for negus

Historical Examples

  • Tom has eaten twelve, but he has had four more glasses of negus than Giles.

    The Christmas Books

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Herberts and Wortleys came home with us and had soup and negus.'

  • "Do take a glass of negus," said another, as her friend gave way to her.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • What a horror he seems to have of wine and negus and suchlike things, mamma.

    Nearly Lost but Dearly Won

    Theodore P. Wilson

  • So much for the delights of “lots of negus, wine, and punch!”

    Nearly Lost but Dearly Won

    Theodore P. Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for negus

negus

noun plural -guses
  1. a hot drink of port and lemon juice, usually spiced and sweetened
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Word Origin

C18: named after Col. Francis Negus (died 1732), its English inventor

Negus

noun plural -guses
  1. a title of the emperor of Ethiopia
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Word Origin

from Amharic: king
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Word Origin and History for negus

Negus

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

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