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Negus \Ne"gus\, n. A beverage made of wine, water, sugar, nutmeg, and lemon juice; -- so called, it is said, from its first maker, Colonel Negus.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


n. A drink of wine, lemon, sugar, nutmeg and hot water.


n. wine and hot water with sugar and lemon juice and nutmeg

Negus (disambiguation)

Negus can refer to two etymologically unrelated words:

  • Negus, an Amharic word for king
  • Negus (drink), a drink made of wine mixed with hot water, spiced and sugared
Negus (drink)

Negus is the name of a drink made of wine, most commonly port, mixed with hot water, spiced and sugared.

Negus (surname)

Negus can be a surname. For other meanings, see negus (disambiguation).

  • Arthur Negus (1903—1985), British broadcaster and antiques expert
  • Francis Negus (died 1732), English military officer, courtier, and politician
  • Fred Negus (1923—2005), American football player
  • George Negus (born 1942), Australian author, journalist, and television presenter
  • James Negus (1927—2008), British philatelist and book editor
  • Steve Negus (born 1952), Canadian drummer and songwriter
  • Syd Negus (1912—1986), Australian politician
  • Tony Negus, Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police since 2009
  • Victor Negus (1887—1974), British laryngologist, surgeon and comparative anatomist

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Negus (, ; ; cf. ) is a royal title in the Ethiopian Semitic languages. It denotes a monarch such as the Bahri Negus of the Medri Bahri in pre-1890 Eritrea and the Negus in pre-1974 Ethiopia. The title has subsequently been used to translate the words "king" or "emperor" in Biblical and other literature.

Usage examples of "negus".

Lady Rennenord was sipping negus and flirting with her eyes over her glass.

He knew enough about Tabaxi culture to recognize negus as the title reserved for princes in direct line to the throne.

Sanda quickly fell in behind the negus, and Artus started slowly after them.

Only when he spotted a quartet of dinosaurs running through a clearing did the negus order the party to take cover.

The respect Kwalu showed these monsters surprised Artus, for the negus seemed truly fearless.

Though Kwalu appeared tight-lipped to Artus, Sanda was amazed at how talkative the negus had proved to be with the explorer.

The negus looked up from the trail marker he was leaving for the Tabaxi troops that King Osaw was sending after them.

These the negus frightened away by slapping the flat of his spear against his dinosaur-hide shield.

As the negus faced the tree line and the source of the awful, ear-splitting roar, the four little dinosaurs raced past him.

Calmly the negus lifted his broad-bladed spear and threw it with all his considerable strength.

When Artus caught up with Kwalu again, the negus was fast approaching the far end of the clearing.

Unflappable even now, Negus Kwalu lifted a single locust from the small leather box at his waist and raised the twitching insect high over his head.

The explorer was never certain if his eyes had deceived him, for at that moment the negus pushed the temple door open.

The king regarded the negus, Sanda, and Artus with hooded eyes as they kneeled before him and told of the attack on the Batiri village.

The negus had a mask of casual disinterest on his face, but the odd look in his eyes told another story.