noun, plural om·ni·bus·es, or for 1, om·ni·bus·ses.
- bus1(def 1).
- a volume of reprinted works of a single author or of works related in interest or theme.
- pertaining to, including, or dealing with numerous objects or items at once: an omnibus bill submitted to a legislature.
- justice to all: motto of the District of Columbia.
noun plural -buses
- a less common word for bus (def. 1)
- Also called: omnibus volume a collection of works by one author or several works on a similar topic, reprinted in one volume
- Also called: omnibus edition a television or radio programme consisting of two or more programmes broadcast earlier in the week
- (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.