Origin of omnibus
French, from Latin, for all, dative plural of omnis
First Known Use: 1829
Simple Definition of omnibus
: of, relating to, or including many things
Full Definition of omnibus
1 : of, relating to, or providing for many things at once
2 : containing or including many items <an omnibus bill>
Examples of omnibus in a sentence
an omnibus edition of his more popular stories
<the president's state of the union speech is usually an omnibus look at the issues that the country is confronting>
Did You Know?
The adjective "omnibus" may not have much to do with public transportation, but the noun "omnibus" certainly does - it not only means "bus,"but it's also the word English speakers shortened to form "bus." The noun "omnibus" originated in the 1820s as a French word for long, horse-drawn vehicles that transported people along the main thoroughfares of Paris. Shortly thereafter, omnibuses - and the noun "omnibus" - arrived in New York. But in Latin, "omnibus" simply means "for all." Our adjective "omnibus," which arrived in the mid-1800s, seems to hark back to that Latin omnibus, though it may also have been at least partially influenced by the English noun. An "omnibus bill" containing numerous provisions, for example, could be likened to a bus loaded with people.
First Known Use of omnibus
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