from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long motor vehicle for passengers; a bus.
  • n. A printed anthology of the works of one author or of writings on related subjects.
  • adj. Including or covering many things or classes: an omnibus trade bill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vehicle set up to carry many people (now usually called a bus).
  • n. An anthology of previously released material linked together by theme or author, especially in book form.
  • n. A broadcast program consisting of all of the episodes of a serial that have been shown in the previous week.
  • n. A stamp issue, usually commemorative, that appears simultaneously in several countries as a joint issue.
  • adj. Containing multiple items.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to or dealing with a variety of topics at one time.
  • n. A long vehicle, having seats for many people; a bus.
  • n. A sheet-iron cover for articles in a leer or annealing arch, to protect them from drafts.
  • n. A volume containing collected and reprinted works of a single author or on a single theme.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Including all or a great number; covering or designed to cover many different cases or things; embracing numerous distinct objects: as, an omnibus bill, clause, or order.
  • n. A long-bodied four-wheeled vehicle for carrying passengers, generally between two fixed stations, the seats being arranged lengthwise, with the entrance at the rear.
  • n. In glass-making, a sheet-iron cover for articles in an annealing-arch, to protect them from drafts of air.
  • n. Same as omnibus-box.
  • n. A man or boy who assists a waiter in a hotel or restaurant, removes the soiled dishes, and brings new supplies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport
  • adj. providing for many things at once
  • n. an anthology of articles on a related subject or an anthology of the works of a single author


French, from Latin, for all, dative pl. of omnis, all; see op- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin omnibus ("for all"), dative plural of omnis ("all") (Wiktionary)


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  • Just a so-much-funnier way to say bus. Quick! Get on that omnibus!

    August 18, 2008