negus

noun (1)
ne·​gus | \ ˈnē-gəs How to pronounce negus (audio) , ni-ˈgüs How to pronounce negus (audio) \

Definition of negus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: king used as a title of the sovereign of Ethiopia

negus

noun (2)
ne·​gus | \ ˈnē-gəs How to pronounce negus (audio) \

Definition of negus (Entry 2 of 2)

: a beverage of wine, hot water, sugar, lemon juice, and spices

First Known Use of negus

Noun (1)

1594, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for negus

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

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“Negus.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/negus. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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