- a sheet of waterproof material, specif. canvas coated or impregnated with a waterproofing compound, for spreading over something to protect it as from weather damage
- Archaic a sailor; tar
Origin of tarpaulintar + -paulin, probably from palling from pall, a covering
- Material, such as waterproofed canvas, used to cover and protect things from moisture.
- A sheet of this material.
Origin of tarpaulinProbably alteration of tar 1 pall 1 -ing 2
- In the US, tarp is more commonly used than tarpaulin, even in print.