omnibus


omnibus

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.

adjective

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

Latin.

  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

adjective

  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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