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noun (1)

: king
used as a title of the sovereign of Ethiopia


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noun (2)

ne·​gus ˈnē-gəs How to pronounce negus (audio)
: a beverage of wine, hot water, sugar, lemon juice, and spices

Word History


Noun (1)

Amharic nəgus, from Geez nĕgūša nagašt king of kings

Noun (2)

after Francis Negus †1732 English colonel, credited with the invention of the drink

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1594, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of negus was in 1594

Dictionary Entries Near negus

Cite this Entry

“Negus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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