Negus (Negeuce, Negoose) (Ge'ez: ንጉሥ, nəgueś [nɨgueɬ]; cf. Tigrinya: ነጋሲ negus [negus]) is a title in the Ethiopian Semitic languages.[1] It denotes a monarch,[2] such as the Negus Bahri (king of the sea) of the Medri Bahri kingdom in pre-1890 Eritrea, and the Negus in pre-1974 Ethiopia. The negus is referred to as Al-Najashi (النجاشي) in the Islamic tradition.

Royal seal of Emperor Tewodros II (ንጉሥ)


Negus is a noun derived from the Ethiopian Semitic root ngś (nägäsä), meaning "to reign". The title has subsequently been used to translate the word "king" or "emperor" in Biblical and other literature. In more recent times, it was used as an honorific title bestowed on governors of the most important provinces (kingdoms): Gojjam, Begemder, Wollo, Tigray, the seaward kingdom (Bahre Negash "King of the Sea"), and later Shewa.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Haile Selassie, Western Education, and Political Revolution in Ethiopia. Cambria Press. ISBN 9781621969143.
  2. ^ Negus. Amharic nəgus, from Geez nĕgūša nagašt (neguece neguest) king of kings. First Known Use: 1594 Merriam Webster dictionary
  3. ^ Mussie Tesfagiorgis G. Ph.D. (29 October 2010). Eritrea. ABC-CLIO. pp. 34–35. ISBN 978-1-59884-232-6.
  4. ^ Alemseged Abbay (1998). Identity Jilted, Or, Re-imagining Identity?: The Divergent Paths of the Eritrean and Tigrayan Nationalist Struggles. The Red Sea Press. p. 202. ISBN 978-1-56902-072-2.