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

Examples of hardtop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, the boat is equipped with an auto-retracting hardtop tower that was rigorously tested by literal rocket engineers, according to Arc. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 May 2024 The hardtop convertible adopts the 296 GTB hybrid’s space-saving roof design, opening or closing in 14 seconds at speeds up to 28 mph. Lawrence Ulrich, Robb Report, 2 May 2024 The 500e’s turning radius is a mere 31.5 feet, nearly 4 feet less than the Mini hardtop. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2024 As standard, the boat features a central helm with two seats, a forward storage compartment, a large aft bathing platform with a sun pad, and a hardtop for protection from the elements. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2024 The wider console now has space for a pair of 22-inch Garmin screens, while the new extended hardtop features sun shades and even a rain shower. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 18 Mar. 2024 While the retractable hardtop is the most obvious new feature for the 2025 Artura, a long list of upgrades to the engine, transmission, and suspension will also debut on the 2025 McLaren Spider — and coupe. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Most obviously, the folding hardtop roof, which disappears beneath the rear deck in 11 seconds, even when the car is traveling at speeds up to 31 mph. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 26 Feb. 2024 The convertible hardtop, received as a Christmas gift by the media personality, has been restored to mint condition and is powered by a V8 engine, according to the Barrett-Jackson auction company. Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024

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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 15 Jun. 2024.

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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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