- 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 tar1 + pall1 + –ing2.
- In the US, tarp is more commonly used than tarpaulin, even in print.