Meaning of dominus factotum in English:

dominus factotum

Pronunciation /ˌdɒmɪnəs fakˈtəʊtəm/


  • A person who controls everything, an absolute ruler. Also: a servant with total control over household affairs; a head servant, a butler.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Aylmer (d. 1594), bishop of London. In some forms from post-classical Latin domine fac totum ‘O Lord, do everything’ from classical Latin domine, vocative of dominus lord + fac, imperative of facere to do + tōtum the whole.