[ moh-ter-buhs ]

noun,plural mo·tor·bus·es, mo·tor·bus·ses.
  1. a passenger bus powered by a motor.

Origin of motorbus

First recorded in 1900–05; motor + bus1
  • Also called motor coach .

Words Nearby motorbus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use motorbus in a sentence

  • Too late; the wide-winged fighter skidded like a motorbus on a greasy road and fell into the clouds sideways.

    Tam O' The Scoots | Edgar Wallace
  • At sight of the jaunty little motorbus waiting to haul him up the winding grade to the hotel, he actually hesitated.

    Their Mariposa Legend | Charlotte Herr
  • From the road came the roar of a motorbus, like a muffled drum.

    A Bed of Roses | W. L. George

British Dictionary definitions for motorbus


/ (ˈməʊtəˌbʌs) /

  1. a bus driven by an internal-combustion engine

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