omnibus

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See also: Omnibus and ómnibus

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A horse-drawn omnibus (sense 1) in London, UK, in 1902

From French omnibus, from Latin omnibus (for all), dative plural of omnis (all), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ep-ni- (working), from *h₃ep- (to work; to possess) or *h₁op- (to work; to take).

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Noun[edit]

omnibus (plural omnibuses or omnibusses or omnibi) (the last form is nonstandard)

  1. (dated) A vehicle set up to carry many people (now usually called a bus).
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, OCLC 16832619, page 16:
      Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
    • 1911, E. M. Forster, The Celestial Omnibus
      "Please, is that an omnibus?" / "Omnibus est," said the driver, without turning round.
    • 1959, Michael Flanders, At the Drop of a Hat
      Omnibus, my friend Mr. Swann informs me, comes from the Latin omnibus, meaning to or for by with or from everybody, which is a very good description. Well, this song is about a bus, it's wittily subtitled—I thought of this—'A Transport of Delight'.
    • 1988, Rowan Atkinson as Ebenezer Blackadder in "Blackadder's Christmas Carol", written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton:
      Baldrick, I want you to take this [money] and go out, and buy a turkey so large you'd think its mother had been rogered by an omnibus.
  2. An anthology of previously released material linked together by theme or author, especially in book form.
  3. A broadcast programme consisting of all of the episodes of a serial that have been shown in the previous week.
    The omnibus edition of The Archers is broadcast every Sunday morning at 11.00.
  4. (philately) A stamp issue, usually commemorative, that appears simultaneously in several countries as a joint issue.

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Adjective[edit]

omnibus (not comparable)

  1. Containing multiple items.
    The legislature enacted an omnibus appropriations bill.

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Verb[edit]

omnibus (third-person singular simple present omnibuses or omnibusses, present participle omnibusing or omnibussing, simple past and past participle omnibused or omnibussed)

  1. (transitive) To combine (legislative bills, etc.) into a single package.

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French[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

omnibus (invariable)

  1. (rail transport, of a train) Pertaining to a local (making stops at all stations)
    Un train omnibus.

Noun[edit]

omnibus m (plural omnibus)

  1. (dated) omnibus, bus (especially, a 19th-century horse-drawn omnibus)

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

omnibus

  1. dative masculine plural of omnis
  2. dative feminine plural of omnis
  3. dative neuter plural of omnis
  4. ablative masculine plural of omnis
  5. ablative feminine plural of omnis
  6. ablative neuter plural of omnis
    • 29 bc. Vergil. Georgics, III
      amor omnibvs idem
      Sex is the same for all of them [viz., every form of man, beast, aquatic or winged life, and livestock]

Noun[edit]

omnibus n pl

  1. dative of omnia
  2. ablative of omnia