a removable cover for the center area of the exposed side of an automobile wheel, covering the axle.

Origin of hubcap

First recorded in 1900–05; hub + cap1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hubcap

Historical Examples of hubcap

  • Then came the business of removing the hubcap and the struggle to loose the lugbolts.

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    George Oliver Smith

British Dictionary definitions for hubcap



a metal cap fitting onto the hub of a wheel, esp a stainless steel or chromium-plated one
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Word Origin and History for hubcap

also hub cap, 1896, from hub + cap (n.).

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