"Negro" in its denotative meaning is derived from the Coptic word, Negus meaning King. It is a title for emperors of Ethiopia. [Amharic ngus, from Classical Ethiopia ngu, King, ruler, verbal adjective of naga, to rule, become king; see ng in Semitic roots.] DENOTATIVE (d-nt-tv, dn-t) adj. 1. Denoting or naming; designative. 2. Specific or direct: denotative and connotative meanings.