What does omnibus mean?

omnibus meaning in General Dictionary

providing for most things at once

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  • an anthology of articles on a related subject or an anthology of this works of one writer
  • a car carrying many passengers; used for trains and buses
  • an extended vehicle having chairs for many people a coach
  • Pertaining to or working with a variety of topics previously as omnibus legislation an omnibus spending plan bill
  • A long four-wheeled carriage, having chairs for many individuals; specially, one with chairs working lengthwise, used in conveying people brief distances.
  • A sheet-iron address for articles in a leer or annealing arch, to protect them from drafts.

omnibus meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1829, "four-wheeled public automobile with chairs for people," from French (voiture) omnibus "(carriage) for many, typical (conveyance)," from Latin omnibus "for all," dative plural of omnis "all" (see omni-). Introduced by Jacques Lafitte in Paris in 1819 or '20, in London from 1829. In mention of the legislation, your message is taped from 1842. Meaning "man or son just who helps a waiter at a restaurant" is attested from 1888 (compare busboy). As an adjective in English from 1842.

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omnibus meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A long four-wheeled carriage, having seats for many people; specially, one with seating working lengthwise, utilized in conveying guests brief distances.

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  • (letter.) A sheet-iron cover for articles in a leer or annealing arch, to protect all of them from drafts.

Sentence Examples with the word omnibus

The Compromise Measures are sometimes spoken of collectively as the Omnibus Bill, owing to their having been grouped originally - when first reported (May 8) to the Senate - into one bill.

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