hub·​cap | \ ˈhəb-ˌkap How to pronounce hubcap (audio) \

Definition of hubcap

: 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 Police say the vehicle may be a Dodge minivan, and its front passenger side tire was missing a hubcap. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "St. Paul police still seeking hit-and-run driver who left woman critically injured," 11 Dec. 2020 Leased to a Park City, Utah, woman, 50, there was a spare tire on the front and damage to the hubcap on the other side. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Ex-employee found living behind silver screen: Orange Police Blotter," 9 Oct. 2020 The passenger side rear tire is either a spare or missing a hubcap. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah man killed in a parking lot hit-and-run — police believe it was intentional," 8 Sep. 2020 The suspect's vehicle is described as a silver or gray four-door sedan with a missing left front hubcap, according to a release from Silent Witness. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "Shooters sought in 2 unrelated homicides in Phoenix," 9 Apr. 2020 Ask for Martinez’s crisp-edged, hubcap-size folded tlayudas filled with blood sausage (the favorite), chorizo, beef, mushrooms or nopales. Los Angeles Times, "20 great L.A. places for Mexican food delivery and takeout," 3 Apr. 2020 Police said the car has a tint, hubcaps and an antenna on the center rear roof. Madeline Mitchell,, "Police need help locating car involved in shooting that killed pregnant woman in Walnut Hills," 14 Feb. 2020 Those big-as-hubcap pupils bugging out from Mike Singletary’s face, the Hall of Famer’s intensity unmistakable. Dan Wiederer,, "Bears defense still buzzing after weekend spent rubbing elbows with legends," 11 June 2019 There are cars in the auto service garage on Moorpark Boulevard in Studio City, and a young man appears to be attaching hubcaps to the wheels of one of them. Mary Mcnamara,, "Commentary: The surprising wisdom of ‘The Real Bros of Simi Valley’," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hubcap

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Hubcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hubcap

: a removable plastic or metal cover on the center of a car or truck wheel

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