from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used formerly as a title for emperors of Ethiopia.
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- n. A ruler of Ethiopia or of a province of Ethiopia; specifically, the supreme ruler of Ethiopia before 1974.
- proper n. An English surname of unknown derivation
Amharic nəgus, from Classical Ethiopic nəguś, king, ruler, verbal adjective of nagśa, to rule, become king; see ngś in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Amharic ንጉሥ (n’gus, "king"). (Wiktionary)