om·​ni·​bus | \ ˈäm-ni-(ˌ)bəs How to pronounce omnibus (audio) \

Definition of omnibus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually automotive public vehicle designed to carry a large number of passengers : bus took a seat on the omnibus
2 : a book containing reprints of a number of works (as of a single author or on a single subject) The omnibus contained all of the author's short stories.



Definition of omnibus (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or providing for many things at once
2 : containing or including many items an omnibus bill

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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.

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Senate and House appropriators have been working to write the omnibus over the past several weeks, but there are still policy hang-ups that are running down the clock. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Congress has 5 days to keep the government open," 19 Mar. 2018 Should the House pass the omnibus as expected, it will then be sent to the Senate Once the Senate receives the bill, expect GOP leaders to hotline, or fast-track, the bill. Phil Mattingly, CNN, "Spending bill watch: House votes Thursday, leaders optimistic," 22 Mar. 2018 What the president's saying is, one, no more omnibuses. Fox News, "Adm. Mike Mullen on ex-intel officials keeping clearances; Mulvaney on potential storm clouds ahead for Trump economy," 19 Aug. 2018 The 'omnibus' spending bill spreading billions across all agencies of government was supposed to be released Monday night to allow time for passage through the House and Senate before a government shutdown deadline at midnight Friday. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Facebook's stock faces wild ride after Cambridge Analytica outrage," 20 Mar. 2018 Then the sides worked side-by-side to forge the March omnibus bill. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump, GOP plan to rescind budget spending has precedent but rocky path in Congress," 2 Oct. 2018 Mark Wilson/Getty Images Congress is passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill — the omnibus — that will keep the government open through the end of September at 1 am Friday morning. Tara Golshan, Vox, "4 winners and 4 losers from Congress’s massive $1.3 trillion spending package," 23 Mar. 2018 Drew Angerer/Getty Images On Wednesday, the White House released a statement expressing President Donald Trump’s support for the omnibus, a $1.3 trillion funding package that would majorly boost military and domestic programs. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The veto drama over the omnibus revealed Republicans’ risky strategy with Trump," 23 Mar. 2018 The White House, however, is reserving the right to send up another package -- likely larger, and touching the omnibus -- at a later date, depending on the success of this one. Cnn's Capitol Hill Team, CNN, "Congress returns this week: 7 things to watch," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For 20 years, all the energy and resources has been focused on passing one omnibus bill. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The 2020 Democratic immigration debate, explained," 29 July 2019 These are just some of the many measures in an omnibus borrowing bill the governor periodically submits to the state Legislature. Aidan Ryan,, "Governor Baker calls for $18b boost in transit, road funding," 25 July 2019 Henry Wessinger, president of nonprofit advocacy group State of Safety Action, which backs the proposal, said safe gun storage requirements were part of the omnibus gun bill that Democrats killed in the 2019 Legislature to end a Republican walkout., "Initiative would require Oregon gun owners lock guns, be liable for damages," 19 July 2019 All projects in the public works omnibus bill are set to begin in July 2020 or later. Robin Goist,, "Akron City Council approves $19 million in public works projects," 9 July 2019 Meanwhile, the farm bill — the federal omnibus legislation that President Trump signed into law last week — also contained some modest wins for animals and animal rights groups. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 The Trump administration has repeatedly insisted the program should be eliminated, even just weeks before the passage of the omnibus legislation in its 2019 budget proposal. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "The Trump administration’s bogus spin that it obtained $2 billion for ‘school safety’," 23 May 2018 That money is part of $1.6 billion that the omnibus legislation allocated to various infrastructure projects, a mixture of replacement and new fencing, along the southwest border. Kate Morrissey,, "San Diego receives additional $251M in border fence funding," 1 Apr. 2018 These programs were discussed in negotiations between Ducey and lawmakers when crafting his omnibus opioid legislation in January, but were not included, frustrating some lawmakers. Andrew Nicla, azcentral, "'Dark money,' substitute teacher and needle exchange bills pass Legislature," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of omnibus


1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for omnibus

Noun and Adjective

French, from Latin, for all, dative plural of omnis

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English Language Learners Definition of omnibus

US : of, relating to, or including many things


om·​ni·​bus | \ ˈäm-ni-ˌbəs How to pronounce omnibus (audio) \
plural omnibuses

Kids Definition of omnibus

: bus

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