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

  • n. A beverage of wine, hot water, lemon juice, sugar, and nutmeg.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A drink of wine, lemon, sugar, nutmeg and hot water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A beverage made of wine, water, sugar, nutmeg, and lemon juice; -- so called, it is said, from its first maker, Colonel Negus.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wine and hot water with sugar and lemon juice and nutmeg


After Francis Negus (died 1732), English army officer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named from Colonel Francis Negus (died 1732), its creator. (Wiktionary)


  • 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.

    The Kickleburys on the Rhine

  • I think people would be surprised to find how excellent a beverage the obsolete "negus" is.

    The Days Before Yesterday

  • Abyssinia, where the "negus" or king, known by the name of Prester

    Celebrated Travels and Travellers Part I. The Exploration of the World

  • 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.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • 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.

    The Monastery

  • 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.

    A Holiday Romance

  • Mr Feeder, after imbibing several custard – cups of negus, began to enjoy himself.

    Dombey and Son

  • The two young men ordered a broiled bone, Madeira negus, and a pack of cards, and commenced a game at picquet.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • 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.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • 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.

    Bleak House


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  • "There was no reply to his question, however, and he went back to reading, occasionally pausing to sip the hot negus that had gone lukewarm as he worked."
    The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch, p 3

    December 13, 2011

  • "By simple chance, they stumbled upon William's tent first, and he invited Balcarres to join him in a glass of negus before bed."
    —Diana Gabaldon, An Echo in the Bone (New York: Delacorte Press, 2009), 471

    December 17, 2009

  • also ethiopian word for emperor

    January 14, 2008

  • Named from Colonel Francis Negus (d. 1732), its creator.

    November 3, 2007