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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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Amharic nəgus, from Classical Ethiopic nəguś, king, ruler, verbal adjective of nagśa, to rule, become king; see ngś in Semitic roots.

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From Amharic ንጉሥ (n’gus, "king").

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