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 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 Two hubcaps were reportedly stolen on the afternoon of Aug. 6 from a 2005 GMC parked on the first block of South Northwest Highway. Pioneer Press Staff,, "Park Ridge police: Mercedes stolen, woman charged with theft of $2,845 worth of items from Uptown store," 13 Aug. 2019 The tray looks like a fancy hubcap, with compartments filled with naan, basmati rice, a piece of aloo tikki, salad, stewed lentils, baingan bharta, cabbage and a protein of your choice. Soleil Ho,, "Spice of America, the most interesting Indian restaurant in San Francisco, is hiding in plain sight," 6 Sep. 2019 The passenger’s side of the vehicle is scratched and the right front hubcap is broken, according to police. Joe Nelson, The Mercury News, "California man stabbed to death was raising suspect’s daughter, police say," 4 Sep. 2019 The car was missing its driver side front hubcap, the alert said. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police looking for man who committed lewd act inside Brookfield Square Mall," 15 Aug. 2019 Walking through the meet in April was overwhelming: More than 3,500 booths coiled for miles, offering hubcaps, headlights, bumpers, decals and countless other components. Smithsonian, "Take a Trip to America’s Hot Rod Heaven," 10 July 2019 The gunmen fled in a gray Nissan Sentra that was missing hubcaps on both front wheels. Matt Peterson, Dallas News, "Mesquite police seek 2 men who robbed Cash 4 Gold shop at gunpoint," 6 July 2019 Instead of a muffuletta, Café Cour has a muffulettu, a Sicilian sandwich with tuna, anchovies and pecorino cheese that provided the blueprint for our local, hubcap-sized favorite., "Café Cour, at the Historic New Orleans Collection, celebrates city’s past," 13 June 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 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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