hard·​top | \ ˈhärd-ˌtäp How to pronounce hardtop (audio) \

Definition of hardtop

: an automobile or a motorboat having a permanent rigid top also : such an automobile styled to resemble a convertible

Examples of hardtop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The base price rises $250, to $27,775, while the RF retractable-hardtop model's base price remains the same, at $33,990. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Adds New Exterior and Interior Colors," 10 Dec. 2020 To keep air flowing into the engine bay, the intake vents directly behind the roof were adjusted transversely behind the Spider's rear screen to account for the retractable hardtop's stowage compartment. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "986-HP 2021 Ferrari SF90 Spider Is a 211-MPH Hybrid Droptop," 12 Nov. 2020 Ferrari has announced that the hybrid all-wheel-drive SF90 Stradale will be getting a retractable-hardtop variant. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "986-HP 2021 Ferrari SF90 Spider Is a 211-MPH Hybrid Droptop," 12 Nov. 2020 The new Portofino maintains its otherwise alluring overall shape and proportions as a four-seat grand tourer, as well as its folding hardtop that can be raised or lowered in 15 seconds at speeds up to 25 mph. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Ferrari Portofino M Is a 612-HP Update to Ferrari's Starter GT," 16 Sep. 2020 Jeeps also didn't offer full metal doors or a metal hardtop, and a minuscule body also meant knee-aching leg room. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "What Makes the Ford Bronco So Badass?," 9 June 2020 That said, the GT R roadster—which should post a similar 11.1-second quarter-mile as the hardtop—ain't exactly slow. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Still Draws a Crowd," 6 July 2020 Far rarer was a $37,520 Land Rover Defender 90 hardtop, complete with a top speed of 84 mph and a dashboard designed when Winston Churchill was still cursing the Huns. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 Goes Nowhere, Man," 24 Mar. 2020 The convertible, which starts production next month and boasts the Corvette’s first retractable hardtop, starts at $67,495. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy’s mid-engine Corvette went through a decades-long valley of fire," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hardtop

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hardtop was in 1931

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30 Dec 2020

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“Hardtop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardtop. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hardtop

: a car that has a metal top which cannot be removed

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