hard·​top ˈhärd-ˌtäp How to pronounce hardtop (audio)
: an automobile or a motorboat having a permanent rigid top
also : such an automobile styled to resemble a convertible

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The one-piece windscreen is also bigger and the hardtop has been fitted with a sliding sky roof. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2023 Like the regular Corvette, the Corvette E-Ray is available as either a coupe or a convertible with a folding hardtop. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 18 Jan. 2023 The sturdy hardtop gazebo comes with a fade- and rust-proof galvanized steel top that protects against elements including bright sunlight, heavy rainfall, and even snow. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 16 May 2023 On our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test route, a soft top Grand Touring model delivered 36 mpg and a hardtop RF Club managed 37 mpg, both equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 29 Nov. 2022 The weight of the Pioneer, with the hardtop in place, is 1800 pounds of which over 600 are accounted for by the batteries. B.c. George, Car and Driver, 27 June 2022 But rather than last generation's complicated folding hardtop, a fabric roof has been used on the new model to save weight and maximize cargo space. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 21 Dec. 2022 As fun with a hardtop? Price: $34,565 as tested. cleveland, 8 Aug. 2020 Instead, Dodge has contracted with a Florida car customizing shop called Drop Top Customs to turn the hardtop coupes into convertibles. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hardtop was in 1931

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“Hardtop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardtop. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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hard·​top -ˈtäp How to pronounce hardtop (audio)
: an automobile having a permanent or removable rigid top

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