[om-nuh-buhs, -buhs]
noun, plural omnibuses or for 1, omnibusses.
bus ( def 1 ).
a volume of reprinted works of a single author or of works related in interest or theme.
pertaining to, including, or dealing with numerous objects or items at once: an omnibus bill submitted to a legislature.

1820–30; < French < Latin: for all (dative plural of omnis) Unabridged

justitia omnibus

[yoo-stit-ee-ah ohm-ni-boos; English juh-stish-ee-uh om-nuh-buhs]
justice to all: motto of the District of Columbia. Unabridged
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omnibus (ˈɒmnɪˌbʌs, -bəs)
n , pl -buses
1.  a less common word for bus
2.  Also called: omnibus volume a collection of works by one author or several works on a similar topic, reprinted in one volume
3.  Also called: omnibus edition a television or radio programme consisting of two or more programmes broadcast earlier in the week
4.  (prenominal) of, dealing with, or providing for many different things or cases
[C19: from Latin, literally: for all, from omnis all]

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Word Origin & History

1829, "four-wheeled public vehicle with seats for passengers," from Fr. (voiture) omnibus "(carriage) for all, common (conveyance)," from L. omnibus "for all," dat. pl. of omnis "all" (see omni-). Introduced by Laffitte in Paris, 1820. In ref. to legislation, the word is recorded
from 1842. Meaning "man or boy who assists a waiter at a restaurant" is attested from 1888 (cf. busboy).
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Example sentences
The collected omnibus will get you caught up while you wait.
In omnibus fashion, the film focuses in on four couples and their reactions to
  impending parenthood.
The omnibus government spending bill signed into law last week contains an
  important victory for public health.
After all, an omnibus commercial might cut into sales of television time.
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