noun, plural om·ni·bus·es, or for 1, om·ni·bus·ses.

  1. bus1(def 1).
  2. a volume of reprinted works of a single author or of works related in interest or theme.


  1. pertaining to, including, or dealing with numerous objects or items at once: an omnibus bill submitted to a legislature.


  1. justice to all: motto of the District of Columbia.

noun plural -buses

  1. a less common word for bus (def. 1)
  2. Also called: omnibus volume a collection of works by one author or several works on a similar topic, reprinted in one volume
  3. Also called: omnibus edition a television or radio programme consisting of two or more programmes broadcast earlier in the week


  1. (prenominal) of, dealing with, or providing for many different things or cases

n.1829, “four-wheeled public vehicle with seats for passengers,” from French (voiture) omnibus “(carriage) for all, common (conveyance),” from Latin omnibus “for all,” dative plural of omnis “all” (see omni-). Introduced by Jacques Lafitte in Paris in 1819 or ’20, in London from 1829. In reference to legislation, the word is recorded from 1842. Meaning “man or boy who assists a waiter at a restaurant” is attested from 1888 (cf. busboy). As an adjective in English from 1842.

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