Meaning of omnibus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒmnɪbəs/

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  • 1A volume containing several books previously published separately.

    ‘an omnibus of her first trilogy’
    • ‘Every couple of years the monthly issues would be gathered up and published in an omnibus, what the publishers referred to as ‘phone books’ as they had the same size and feel as the Yellow Pages.’
    • ‘In reviewing a stack of recent volumes sent for this omnibus, I was struck by the number of times the subject arose, in one form or another.’
    • ‘The omnibus has made somewhat of a comeback in recent years with everyone from Robert Ludlum to John Grisham and Wilbur Smith combining their novels into one edition.’
    • ‘This omnibus, richly illustrated and produced, puts together all his writings over the years.’
    • ‘This omnibus of three classic studies provides a basic grounding for scholars of India's maritime history.’
    • ‘Chandler's fiction has just been released in three omnibus editions, a sure sign that he maintains an avid readership and lofty reputation.’
    • ‘I had borrowed a friend's omnibus edition of Life Studies and For the Union Dead, and something in me said: ‘This is it!’’
    • ‘The four Molesworth books that appear in this omnibus edition (generously comprising Down With Skool!’
    • ‘‘Anger and sadness are not uncommon today to those who still care for the history of this marvellous city’, writes Llewellyn-Jones bluntly in the preface to this omnibus edition.’
    1. 1.1British A single edition of two or more consecutive television or radio programmes previously broadcast separately.
      ‘Coronation Street's rival EastEnders was boosted by a weekend omnibus’
      • ‘More than £1 million is being invested in the project which provides five daily, ten-minute episodes, broadcast Monday to Friday and repeated as an omnibus at the weekend.’
      • ‘Then, in addition to all that, you have the soap omnibuses.’
      • ‘Clearly there is different footage in the omnibus as a result of the extra time it has, but it seems much more pro-Anna than the earlier one.’
      • ‘Last night being Saturday, Big Brother wasn't on at 10 pm - it was the weekly omnibus with ‘unseen’ footage.’
      • ‘Night and Day has also become notorious for its decision to broadcast a raunchy, late-night omnibus (the other shows go out at teatime).’
      • ‘The second omnibus commissioned by the Festival involves pieces by Jia Zhangke, Tsai Ming-liang and John Akomfrah as the only non-Asian director.’
      • ‘I watch it every day religiously and to top it all, I watch the omnibus on Sunday morning once more.’
      • ‘Amicus had only one director for each omnibus, but they were true professionals.’
      • ‘Drama, horror, Brookside omnibuses, even, God forbid, a Disney weepie, all of these beckon before I'll reach for The Nutty Professor.’
      • ‘Last time I saw my team playing was in September 2000 when we beat Barnsley 1-0, but I missed the goal because the pub decided to put the Eastenders omnibus on instead…’
      • ‘To be honest, for much of the match it looked unlikely that anyone would find the back of the net and the first half probably saw BBC viewers collectively reaching for their remote controls and checking out the Eastenders omnibus.’
      • ‘Now, they can actually show you what happened, in the sort of terrifying detail that makes the EastEnders omnibus seem like a Tom and Jerry cartoon.’
      • ‘This game is grimmer than an EastEnders omnibus on a black and white TV.’
      • ‘The first batch of compact goodies in a festival line-up full of such omnibuses, this one coughs up a couple of the best numbers you'll see all weekend.’
      • ‘As with any omnibus film, the contents of 11'09 ‘01 are variable in quality, but the highs are very high.’’
  • 2 dated A bus.

    ‘a horse-drawn omnibus’
    • ‘Yet this tableau of horse-drawn omnibuses, coaches, carts, bicycles, and ubiquitous Cooks Tour advertisements is more than one of moment: it validates an epoch of Britain's prosperity and London's greatness.’
    • ‘She was an enthusiastic participant in Victorian Evening, dressing up and riding in the horse-drawn omnibus - a true ambassador for the town.’
    • ‘Donnegal widened and straightened the road from Durham and established a line of omnibuses to transport tourists and visitors up to the ‘beautiful haven by the lake.’’
    • ‘Children rode in a procession of omnibuses carrying flags, while farmers from nearby Lake County formed a column of farm wagons carrying produce they would donate to the fair.’
    • ‘Buggies and omnibuses swarmed the street, filling it with the clop of hooves and creak of wheels and thick, sharp smell of dung.’
    • ‘Desperately looking around for the omnibus, they passed a short alleyway and the woman saw a busy street beyond.’
    • ‘And he no longer uses the Clapham omnibus, because he drives a Ford Mondeo.’
    • ‘At the same time horse omnibuses operated on established lines in Sofia City between the Sveta Nedelya Square and the Railway Station, Gorna Banya and Knyazhevo districts.’
    • ‘Luxurious omnibuses carrying passengers and cargo make their appearance late at night and early in the morning.’
    • ‘It was that a south-bound omnibus, while overtaking another southbound vehicle, made violent contact with an oncoming SUV.’
    • ‘There is the inevitable clop-clop of a horse, the rumble of a motorised omnibus, the further ambient uproar of the great city's life.’
    • ‘It operated horse trams, then electric trams, two different systems of tracklesses and finally motor omnibuses.’
    • ‘The first and largest is the omnibuses; then there are the vans from the railroads, and other commercial traffic, which now form a very large item, say £12,000 a year; next the agricultural.’
    • ‘Roadworthy commuter omnibuses with certificates of fitness and route permits get fuel from designated service stations at $450 per litre of petrol and $200 for a diesel.’
    • ‘When George Shillibeer initiated a London omnibus service in 1829, three horses were used, as in Paris, but after some years most London omnibuses were drawn by two horses.’
    • ‘Three omnibuses were engaged for the occasion from Grasmere, and about eight o'clock the party started off from Keswick, accompanied by the town band.’
    • ‘The separation of classes was underlined by the formation of middle-class suburbs, linked to the town centre by trams, omnibuses, or railways.’
    • ‘Cabs were introduced in London in 1823 and omnibuses in 1829.’
    • ‘If the road traffic law were rigidly enforced the railway might hope to obtain a large amount of business which now goes to motor trucks and omnibuses.’
    • ‘49 Moreover horse cars only charged a nickel, which was much less than omnibuses.’
    bus, minibus, van


  • Comprising several items.

    ‘omnibus editions of novels’
    • ‘A mainstream newspaper is therefore an omnibus vehicle that packages a number of distinct products.’
    • ‘Well, let's start with Julianne, spending bills, spending bills - what are we likely to see here, some big, bulky omnibus spending program package passed this week?’
    • ‘I couldn't agree more with Zizek that modern capitalism makes omnibus promises (mostly implied) that result in silly stuff like chocolate Ex-Lax and the decaf latte.’
    • ‘Reassurance has been offered in the form of one of those omnibus words which politicians use as an alternative to thought and in the hope that they can construct a careless consensus around a policy which they dare not precisely define.’
    • ‘Those agents of omnibus law and order preferred a quiet morning in Giffnock when the passenger list consisted of two old ladies and an au pair.’
    • ‘Most of these bills are omnibus bills that have a whole lot of other things.’
    • ‘On Nov.25, House leaders agreed to convene a rare December session beginning Dec.8 to debate and move the omnibus spending package.’
    • ‘Like Daschle, he also addressed the omnibus spending package that the Majority Leader had hoped to slip through the Senate without a vote.’
    • ‘That leaves seven measures as candidates for folding into an omnibus package.’
    • ‘Typically, omnibus farm bills address a wide range of agriculture-related policies, thereby creating a coalition of otherwise diverse and sometimes even opposing interests in support of the legislation.’
    • ‘The four bills combine to provide nearly as much of a tax windfall to the wealthy, $733 billion, as last year's omnibus measure, which would have cut taxes for the rich and the upper middle class by $792 billion.’
    • ‘For instance, first-wave reforms were sometimes part of omnibus education bills that included other policy changes, such as increased spending on K - 12 education.’
    • ‘People certainly flock to omnibus stores, as Wal-Mart, the Sears catalog and have proven.’
    • ‘This is a classic example of legislation going to a select committee, people then discovering they want to add something to it - this so-called omnibus bill - and the bill coming back twice as big as it was before it went to the committee.’
    • ‘The Senate never voted on many of the separate funding measures before they were submitted as part of the massive and unamendable omnibus bill; and, indeed, many of the measures were never even subjected to debate.’
    • ‘This particular bill, apart from being somewhat late in coming back to the House, is a tremendously huge, omnibus bill, and has very, very little to do with assurance of health practitioners' competence.’
    • ‘The omnibus bill she was referring to is now called the Relationships Bill, and she is right - this bill will make the Marriage Act have no practical effect.’
    • ‘In summary, in an omnibus sense the amendments in this bill may seem to be just a tidy-up, but I want to come back to the first one.’
    • ‘It's an omnibus of error and can't be allowed to go unremarked.’
    • ‘This weekend Congress was working on a massive $388 billion omnibus spending bill that will cover all manner of federal spending.’


Early 19th century via French from Latin, literally ‘for all’, dative plural of omnis.