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Used formerly as a title for emperors of Ethiopia.
[Amharic nəgus, from Ge'ez nəguś, king, ruler, verbal adjective of nagśa, to rule, become king; see ngś in Semitic roots.]
A beverage of wine, hot water, lemon juice, sugar, and nutmeg.
[After Francis Negus (died 1732), English army officer.]
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n, pl -guses
(Brewing) a hot drink of port and lemon juice, usually spiced and sweetened
[C18: named after Col. Francis Negus (died 1732), its English inventor]
n, pl -guses
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a title of the emperor of Ethiopia
[from Amharic: king]
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n., pl. -gus•es.
1. a title of Ethiopian royalty.
2. (cap.) the Emperor of Ethiopia.
[1585–95; < Amharic nəgus king < Geez, participle of nägšä to reign]
a beverage of wine, hot water, sugar, nutmeg, and lemons.
[after Francis Negus (d. 1732), English colonel]
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|Noun||1.||negus - wine and hot water with sugar and lemon juice and nutmeg|
mulled wine - wine heated with sugar and spices and often citrus fruit
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