Tarpawlin 17C. A sailor or mariner. Term based on the tarred, waterproof canvas material used on ships. "Every tarpawling, if he gets but to be lieutenant of a press smack, is called captain." Properly spelled "tarpaulin", but for slang purposes, "tarpawlin".
An ancient Japanese term meaning a warrior. Originally referred to a section of government under the Ritsuryō system composed of low-ranking civil servants who held posts as jailers, executioners, watchmen, gatekeepers, bodyguards, market supervisors, etc.
1.) The homewrecker who has relations with married or attached men.
2.) A woman with power and authority, having complete control of a household, business establishment and employing help. ‘Mistress of great fortune.’ 'My mistress wouldn't be caught dead in those fugly garments!'
3.) She is skilled in an occupation or art.
4.) The master or owner of animals.
5.) British. A teacher or head school mistress.
6.) In the olden-golden days, you would address an unknown female as mistress. In the same respectable fashion one would use the term, 'miss'.