factotum n., pl. factotums [Med. L. from L. fac do, make (1); totum the whole, all (2): Do all or the whole.] 1. An all-purpose servant. A person employed to do every kind of work. A person entrusted with diverse responsibilities. The tenants tired of dealing with a factotum instead of with the landlord himself. 2. Printing. A very big decorative capital letter.
From Word Dictionary of Foreign Expressions.