[ om-nuh-buhs, -buhs ]
/ ˈɒm nəˌbʌs, -bəs /
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noun, plural om·ni·bus·es, or, for 1, om·ni·bus·ses.

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.



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Origin of omnibus

1820–30; <French <Latin: for all (dative plural of omnis)
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British Dictionary definitions for omnibus

/ (ˈɒmnɪˌbʌs, -bəs) /

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

Word Origin for omnibus

C19: from Latin, literally: for all, from omnis all
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