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

Shillibeer’s first omnibus of 1829

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 own) or *h₁op- (to work; to take).



omnibus (plural omnibuses or omnibusses or omnibi) (the final type is nonstandard)

  1. (dated) A automobile set as much as carry many individuals (now normally referred to as a bus).
    • 1830, James Scott Walker, “The Small Tunnel”, in An Correct Description of the Liverpool and Manchester Rail-way, the Tunnel, the Bridges, and Different Works all through the Line; an Account of the Opening of the Rail-way, and the Melancholy Incident which Occurred; a Brief Memoir of the Late Proper Hon. W[illia]m Huskisson, and Particulars of the Funeral Procession, &c. With a Map of the Line, and a View of the Bridge over Water Road, Manchester, 2nd version, Liverpool: Printed & revealed by J. F. Cannell, 81, Lord-Road, OCLC 39554339, web page 20:

      In entrance of the latter [coach-houses for railway carriages] is a good-looking constructing, supposed as workplaces for the clerks of the Firm, coach-offices, and residences for the reception and accomodation of passengers, who will likely be conveyed thither in omnibusses from Liverpool, and taking their respective locations within the travelling carriages, will likely be let off down the inclined airplane of the little Tunnel, to be hooked to the locomotives within the space, on the opposite facet of the hill.

    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who’s Edmund Grey?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619, web page 16:

      Athelstan Arundel walked dwelling all the best way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever constructed may include a younger man in such a rage. His mom lived at Pembridge Sq., which is 4 good measured miles from Lincoln’s Inn.

    • 1911, E[dward] M[organ] Forster, “The Celestial Omnibus. [Chapter II.]”, in The Celestial Omnibus: And Different Tales, London: Sidgwick & Jackson, OCLC 222065657; republished London: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. Adam Road, Adelphi, W.C., 1912, OCLC 23715818, web page 61:

      “Please,” his voice quavered by way of the foul brown air, “Please, is that an omnibus?” / “Omnibus est,” mentioned the motive force, with out turning spherical.

    • 1919 October 20, Virginia Woolf, chapter XIII, in Evening and Day, London: Duckworth and Firm, OCLC 934871138; republished New York, N.Y.: Harcourt, Brace and Firm, 1920, OCLC 492270719, web page 160:

      When he got here again to his work after lunch he carried in his head an image of the Strand, scatted with omnibuses, and of the purple shapes of leaves pressed flat upon the gravel, as if his eyes had at all times been bent upon the bottom.

    • [1959 May 2, Michael Flanders, “A Transport of Delight”, in At the Drop of a Hat, [New York, N.Y.?]: Parlophone, OCLC 220646045, PCSO 3001, audio recording of a musical revue:

      Omnibus, my good friend Mr. [Donald] Swann informs me, comes from the Latin omnibus, which means to or for by with or from everyone, which is an excellent description. Properly, this tune is a few bus, it is wittily subtitled—I considered this—’A Transport of Delight’.]
  2. An anthology of beforehand launched materials linked collectively by theme or creator, particularly in guide type.
  3. A broadcast programme consisting of the entire episodes of a serial which were proven within the earlier week.

    The omnibus version of The Archers is broadcast each Sunday morning at 11.00.

    • 2014, Kim Newman, “Introduction”, in Quatermass and the Pit, London: Palgrave Macmillan on behalf of the British Movie Institute, →ISBN, web page 7:

      In late 1959, properly earlier than he was required to adapt his six-part Quatermass and the Pit teleplay right into a ninety-seven-minute movie script, [Nigel] Kneale supervised the enhancing of the BBC model into two feature-length episodes for a repeat broadcast. In 1989, he had one other go at it, trimming the 207-minute serial right into a 178-minute omnibus for launch on video cassette, principally dropping comedian reduction.
  4. (philately) A stamp concern, normally commemorative, that seems concurrently in a number of nations as a joint concern.
    • 2013, Agbenyega Adedze, “Visualizing the Sport: The Iconography of Soccer on African Postage Stamps”, in Susann Baller, Giorgio Miescher, and Ciraj Rassool, editors, International Views on Soccer in Africa: Visualising the Sport (Sport within the International Society: Modern Views), Abingdon, Oxon.; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, →ISBN, web page 163:

      [M]any of the African nations issuing the World Cup stamps have pandered to worldwide collectors, with some stamps not even bought within the nation of concern. These ‘omnibus’ stamps featured subjects and people with no hyperlinks to the issuing nation. African stamps displaying Disney themes, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and Sylvester Stallone all belong to this class.

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omnibus (not comparable)

  1. Containing a number of objects.

    The legislature enacted an omnibus appropriations invoice.

    • 2009 December 10, Mr. McGovern, “Offering for Consideration of Convention Report on H[ouse] R[esolution] 3288, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010”, in Congressional Document: Proceedings and Debates of the 111th Congress, First Session, quantity 155, half 23, Washington, D.C.: United States Authorities Printing Workplace, OCLC 214992699, web page 31014, column 3:

      [] I suppose it is good theatrics to carry up all of the pages of the appropriations payments which might be gathered there, however I ought to level out to my colleague that the Republican omnibus appropriations acts had been longer in size than the one he has there. So what? I imply, has this debate turn out to be so shallow that it is all in regards to the variety of pages of the invoice?

    • 2015, Linda H. Peterson, “Introduction: Victorian Girls’s Writing and Fashionable Literary Criticism”, in Linda H. Peterson, editor, The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Girls’s Writing, Cambridge: Cambridge College Press, →ISBN, web page 1:



omnibus (third-person singular easy current omnibuses or omnibusses, current participle omnibusing or omnibussing, easy previous and previous participle omnibused or omnibussed)

  1. (transitive) To mix (legislative payments, and so forth.) right into a single bundle.
    • 1927, Denis Tilden Lynch, chapter XXIII, in “Boss” Tweed: The Story of a Grim Era, New York, N.Y.: Boni & Liveright, OCLC 745476367; reprinted New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2002, →ISBN, web page 283:

      Within the tax levy measure had been omnibused all appropriations for the upkeep of presidency for the fiscal yr.

  2. (intransitive, dated) To drive an omnibus.
    • 1857, A[braham] Oakey Corridor, “Trot the Seventh.—A New York Omnibus has a Singular Fare on a Stormy Evening, and what Got here of It”, in Previous Whitey’s Christmas Trot. A Story for the Holidays, New York, N.Y.: Revealed by Harper & Brothers, Pearl Road, Franklin Sq., OCLC 47176584, web page 93:

      I am two shillings in need of typical rainy-day fares, and never a passenger is out, I am sure—least methods can I see him, if there was. It is good enterprise, omnibusing is—in summer season!

  3. (intransitive, dated) To journey or be transported by omnibus.
    • 1842 February 12, “Observator” [pseudonym], “Liverpool and Manchester and Manchester and Leeds Railways [letter]”, in Complement to The Railway Instances, quantity V, quantity 7, half II (quantity 215 from the beginning), London: Printed by John Thomas Norris, 137 and 138, Aldersgate avenue, within the Parish of St. Botolph With out, Aldersgate, within the Metropolis of London, and revealed by him on the Railway Instances Workplace, No. 122, Fleet-street, (dealing with Saint Bride’s Church), within the Parish of Saint Bride’s, Fleet-street, Middlesex, OCLC 20387732, web page 178:

      [W]hat wouldn’t be the impact on the products, and even on the passenger visitors, of the Grand Junction and London and Birmingham traces, if two miles of the rails had been to-morrow taken up by way of the city of Birmingham, in order that the primary (good) had all to be carted, and the second (passengers) had all to be omnibused, over the breach! But, such is the current state of the communication at Manchester!

    • 1848 June 15, N[athaniel] Parker Willis, “[Letters from Watering-places.] Letter I.”, in Rural Letters and Different Data of Thought at Leisure, Written within the Intervals of Extra Hurried Literary Labor, Detroit, Mich.: Kerr, Doughty & Lapham, revealed 1853, OCLC 2699027, web page 309:

      [] Sharon Springs are 5 hours from Albany, three by railroad, and two by stage-coach. Passengers arrive in time to decorate comfortably for dinner. The drive up just isn’t significantly picturesque, however it’s by way of woods and fields, and this, as a change from omnibusing between sidewalks and brick partitions, is, at the least, refreshing.

    • 1871, W. Justin O’Driscoll, chapter VI, in A Memoir of Daniel Maclise, R.A., London: Longmans, Inexperienced, and Co., OCLC 223792465, web page 68:

      Two days I employed a carriage and confirmed all of them distant locations, corresponding to Bois de Boulogne, Longchamps, Champ de Mars, Invalides, and a number of the outer boulevards, Gobelins, Père La Chaise, Jardin de Plantes; however typically we omnibussed it, and for a number of sous every you will get any distance alongside and athwart town.

    • 2005, Simon Schama, in Simon Schama; Paul Moorhouse; Colin Wiggins, John Advantage: London Work, London: Nationwide Gallery Firm, →ISBN, web page 23:
      [John] Advantage has usually sung his ode to air pollution; the artist’s good friend. Whether or not to embrace or reject the begrimed air, the half-choked mild has traditionally sorted out the lads from the boys in London painters. [] Claude Monet was in two minds about it, cursing it from his room within the Savoy in 1899 for blotting out the fugitive solar. But by far the strongest of his work – accomplished in a studio a protracted, great distance from the Thames – had been the greeny-grey early-morning photographs of crowds tramping and omnibussing their method to work over hostile bridges, unblessed by even a touch of watery sunshine.


  • “omnibus” in Douglas Harper, On-line Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.



omnibus (invariable)

  1. (rail transport, of a prepare) Pertaining to an area (making stops in any respect stations)
    Un prepare omnibus.


omnibus m (plural omnibus)

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

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(Classical) IPA(key): /ˈom.ni.bus/, [ˈɔm.nɪ.bʊs̠]



  1. dative masculine plural of omnis
  2. dative female plural of omnis
  3. dative neuter plural of omnis
  4. ablative masculine plural of omnis
  5. ablative female plural of omnis
  6. ablative neuter plural of omnis
    • 29 bc. Vergil. Georgics, III
      amor omnibvs idem

      Intercourse is identical for all of them [viz., every form of man, beast, aquatic or winged life, and livestock]


omnibus n pl

  1. dative of omnia
  2. ablative of omnia

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