negus

1
[ nee-guh s ]
/ ˈni gəs /
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noun, plural ne·gus·es.

a title of Ethiopian royalty.
(initial capital letter) the Emperor of Ethiopia.

Origin of negus

1
1585–95; < Amharic nəgus king < Geez, participle of nägŝä to reign

Definition for negus (2 of 2)

negus

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[ nee-guh s ]
/ ˈni gəs /

noun

a beverage made of wine and hot water, with sugar, nutmeg, and lemon.

Origin of negus

2
1735–45; after Colonel Francis Negus (died 1732), Englishman who invented it
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British Dictionary definitions for negus (1 of 2)

negus

/ (ˈniːɡəs) /

noun plural -guses

a hot drink of port and lemon juice, usually spiced and sweetened

Word Origin for negus

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

British Dictionary definitions for negus (2 of 2)

Negus

/ (ˈniːɡəs) /

noun plural -guses

a title of the emperor of Ethiopia

Word Origin for Negus

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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