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

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 This bill would fund the government through the end of September — the end of the 2018 fiscal year — and come in the form of an omnibus, which jams together 12 individual appropriations bills into one funding package. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Congress is coming down to the wire on keeping the government open," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The state has presented one of the most comprehensively anti-choice bills currently circulating, the omnibus bill. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "With Alabama's Abortion Ban, Things Are Looking Bad for the Future of Roe v. Wade," 15 May 2019 The big question is how much defense spending President Trump can salvage without accepting another bipartisan budget blowout known as an omnibus spending bill. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Pentagon Budget War," 11 Mar. 2019 The omnibus bill is a compilation of various pieces of legislation Cantwell said would struggle to get time on the Senate floor on their own. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Here’s what the massive public-lands bill means for conservation, climate change in Washington state," 12 Feb. 2019 Back in March, Trump balked at signing the gigantic $1.3 trillion omnibus package before relenting. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Proposed DACA pathway complicates border wall funding," 25 June 2018 Nearly $4 billion more to fight opioid abuse was included in the omnibus spending package passed earlier this year. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "House set to vote on dozens of bills aimed at fighting deadly opioid epidemic," 12 June 2018 Constitutionally, all spending bills have to start in the House, so talk of any big omnibus packages matters only if the House can give the Senate something to pick up. Philip Elliott, Time, "Here's the Real Reason Mitch McConnell Canceled August Recess," 5 June 2018 States are now deciding how to use their share of $380 million in federal election security grants that came with the omnibus spending package earlier this year. Nafeesa Syeed And Anna Edgerton,, "Election security a top concern, Trump officials tell lawmakers," 22 May 2018 Congressional Republicans could, however, try to tack the language onto a future omnibus spending package, which would put the onus on Democrats to strip it out during negotiations. Emily Cadei And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "A ban on Delta tunnels lawsuits slips into federal spending plan | The Sacramento Bee," 15 May 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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