Definition of tarpaulin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tarpaulin

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//tɑːˈpɔːlɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɑːrˈpɔːlɪn//
 
(also North American English, informal tarp)[countable, uncountable]
 
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a large sheet made of heavy waterproof material, used to cover things with and to keep rain off The car was covered with a black tarpaulin. Word Origin early 17th cent.: probably from tar + the noun pall + -ing.