One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hot drink of port, sugar, lemon, and spices.
- ‘Here is another recipe for negus, provided by Maria, from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management, originally published in 1861.’
- ‘I plan on serving several early drinks at a re-enactors seminar this November and am searching for some rums to serve with my flips, neguses, syllabubs, spruce beers, birch beers, meads etc…’
Mid 18th century: named after Colonel Francis Negus (died 1732), who created it.
A ruler, or the supreme ruler, of Ethiopia.
- ‘The Quraish (the leading tribe of Makkah) sent two emissaries to make a plea before the Abyssinian king, the Negus, to return the refugees back to Quraish.’
- ‘They would have offered a tribute of presents to the Negus, the Emperor of Abyssinia, before they sought permission to speak.’
From Amharic n'gus ‘king’.
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