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adjective cool pronunciation in American English /kul/
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  1. 1
    rather cold, often in a pleasant way
    Tomorrow it will be cloudy and cool everywhere.
    The night air was still and beautifully cool.
    The water was wonderfully cool and refreshing.
    Store the wine in a cool dry place.
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    1. a.
      food that is cool is no longer hot
      When the cookies are cool, brush them with melted chocolate.
    2. b.
      cool clothes prevent you from feeling too hot
      He put on a cool cotton shirt and a pair of shorts.
    3. c.
      cool colors, such as white and blue, give an idea of cold instead of heat
      The place was painted in a cool glossy white.
  2. 2
    impressive because of being fashionable or attractive
    one of America’s coolest young designers
    It’s not considered cool to wear a helmet.
    1. a.
      used for emphasizing how good someone or something is
      I met this really cool girl last night.
      Cara’s taking a really cool art class at the community college.
    2. b.
      spoken used for agreeing to something or saying that something would be convenient
      “We could go to a movie.” “Cool.”
      Any time after five would be cool.
  3. 3
    calm and relaxed
    a cool and calm atmosphere
    her cool handling of the situation
    her cool way of handling the situation
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  4. 4
    not friendly or enthusiastic
    The senator got a cool reception.
    a cool ruthless manner
    cool to: The Bush administration officials have been cool to the idea.
  5. 5
    [only before noun] informal used with an amount of money for emphasizing how large it is
    He ended up with a cool $50,000.

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noun [uncountable]
We sat and enjoyed the coolness of the shade.
There was a definite coolness between the two men.


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