American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A beverage of wine, hot water, lemon juice, sugar, and nutmeg.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mild warm punch of wine (properly port), made with a little lemon and not much sugar.
- n. The title of the kings of Abyssinia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A beverage made of wine, water, sugar, nutmeg, and lemon juice; -- so called, it is said, from its first maker, Colonel Negus.
- n. wine and hot water with sugar and lemon juice and nutmeg
- Named from Colonel Francis Negus (died 1732), its creator. (Wiktionary)
- After Francis Negus (died 1732), English army officer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It was intended for that sort of negus which is offered at Christmas parties and of which ladies and children may partake with refreshment and cheerfulness.”
“I think people would be surprised to find how excellent a beverage the obsolete "negus" is.”
“Abyssinia, where the "negus" or king, known by the name of Prester”
“Chatterly, and reclined on his chair, sipping his negus with the self-satisfied smile of one, who, by a pretty speech, has rid himself of a troublesome commission.”
“When the cloth was removed, and we had each made a tumbler of negus, of that liquor which hosts call Sherry, and guests call Lisbon, I perceived that the stranger seemed pensive, silent, and somewhat embarrassed, as if he had something to communicate which he knew not well how to introduce.”
“Our table is in the corner here, where the gentlemen can have their wineglass of negus, and their egg-sandwich, and their quiet game at beggar-my-neighbour, and look on.”
“Mr Feeder, after imbibing several custard – cups of negus, began to enjoy himself.”
“The two young men ordered a broiled bone, Madeira negus, and a pack of cards, and commenced a game at picquet.”
“Scotswoman, Mrs. Bickerton by name, ate heartily of one or two seasoned dishes, drank some sound old ale, and a glass of stiff negus; while she gave Jeanie a history of her gout, admiring how it was possible that she, whose fathers and mothers for many generations had been farmers in Lammermuir, could have come by a disorder so totally unknown to them.”
“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.”
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