[ moh-ter-buhs ]
/ ˈmoʊ tərˌbʌs /

noun, plural mo·tor·bus·es, mo·tor·bus·ses.

a passenger bus powered by a motor.

Origin of motorbus

First recorded in 1900–05; motor + bus1
Also called motor coach. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for motorbus

  • From the road came the roar of a motorbus, like a muffled drum.

    A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for motorbus

/ (ˈməʊtəˌbʌs) /


a bus driven by an internal-combustion engine
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