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 (nē′gəs, nĭ-go͞os′)
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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(ˈni gəs)

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]


(ˈni gəs)

a beverage of wine, hot water, sugar, nutmeg, and lemons.
[after Francis Negus (d. 1732), English colonel]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.negus - wine and hot water with sugar and lemon juice and nutmeg
vino, wine - fermented juice (of grapes especially)
mulled wine - wine heated with sugar and spices and often citrus fruit
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References in classic literature ?
He sat placidly perusing the newspaper, with his little head on one side, and a glass of warm sherry negus at his elbow.
I acknowledged this compliment, and ordered the negus, which was soon produced.
Chillip was emboldened by that, and the negus together, to give his head several short shakes, and thoughtfully exclaim, 'Ah, dear me!
Silently and patiently did the doctor bear all this, and all the handings of negus, and watching for glasses, and darting for biscuits, and coquetting, that ensued; but, a few seconds after the stranger had disappeared to lead Mrs.
I see,' said the stranger, half aside, 'negus too strong here --liberal landlord--very foolish--very--lemonade much better --hot rooms--elderly gentlemen--suffer for it in the morning-- cruel--cruel;' and he moved on a step or two.
Linton mixed a tumbler of negus, and Isabella emptied a plateful of cakes into her lap, and Edgar stood gaping at a distance.
Young Stubble went about from man to man whispering, "Jove, isn't she a pretty gal?" and never took his eyes off her except when the negus came in.
Crawford's very cordial adieus, pass quietly away; stopping at the entrance-door, like the Lady of Branxholm Hall, "one moment and no more," to view the happy scene, and take a last look at the five or six determined couple who were still hard at work; and then, creeping slowly up the principal staircase, pursued by the ceaseless country-dance, feverish with hopes and fears, soup and negus, sore-footed and fatigued, restless and agitated, yet feeling, in spite of everything, that a ball was indeed delightful.
Leah, make a little hot negus and cut a sandwich or two: here are the keys of the storeroom."
There were more dances, and there were forfeits, and more dances, and there was cake, and there was negus, and there was a great piece of Cold Roast, and there was a great piece of Cold Boiled, and there were mince-pies, and plenty of beer.
He gave us, in his glass of negus, "Better health to our young friend!" and supposed and gaily pursued the case of his being reserved like Whittington to become Lord Mayor of London.
No supper did Miss Potterson take that night, and only half her usual tumbler of hot Port Negus. And the female domestics--two robust sisters, with staring black eyes, shining flat red faces, blunt noses, and strong black curls, like dolls--interchanged the sentiment that Missis had had her hair combed the wrong way by somebody.