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”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒmniˌbʌs/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɑmniˌbʌs/
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- Hyphenation: om‧ni‧bus
- (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.
- An anthology of previously released material linked together by theme or author, especially in book form.
- 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.
- (philately) A stamp issue, usually commemorative, that appears simultaneously in several countries as a joint issue.
omnibus (not comparable)
- Containing multiple items.
The legislature enacted an omnibus appropriations bill.
- (rail transport, of a train) Pertaining to a local (making stops at all stations)
- Un train omnibus.
omnibus m (plural omnibus)
- “omnibus” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
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