hub·​cap ˈhəb-ˌkap How to pronounce hubcap (audio)
: a removable usually metal cap over the end of an axle
especially : one used on the wheel of a motor vehicle

Examples of hubcap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vehicle is missing the passenger side mirror and front passenger hubcap. William Thornton |, al, 30 Aug. 2023 The vehicle was also missing a front driver side hubcap and back passenger side hubcap. Carol Robinson |, al, 9 Feb. 2022 Car hubcaps decorate the walls; photos of Latino heroes (Che, Roberto Clemente, Ruben Blades, Osorio’s father, Benjamin) stare down. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 13 July 2023 Three of us were parked in hard chairs at a table the size of a hubcap, irritations smoothed over by the arrival of our drinks and a server’s introduction to the restaurant created by Issa, an entrepreneur and co-founder of Residents Cafe & Bar in Dupont Circle, and investor Nour Chaaban. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 21 July 2023 The speedster rides on 20-inch magnesium wheels equipped with carbon-fiber hubcaps and center locks, while also visually representing the large rims from the 356. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 12 July 2023 Think clothing made using everything from hubcaps to pingpong balls to playing cards. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 27 June 2023 Eighteen-inch steel wheels with hubcaps are standard, and flashier-looking 19- and 20-inch wheel options are available. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 15 Mar. 2023 Most of the tables are the size of hubcaps — too small for a full dinner — and the kitchen can overdo it with the salt shaker. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hubcap was in 1903

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“Hubcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


hub·​cap ˈhəb-ˌkap How to pronounce hubcap (audio)
: a removable metal covering on the tire of a car or truck

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