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adjective cool pronunciation in British English /kuːl/ 
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  1. 1
    rather cold, often in a pleasant way

    The water was wonderfully cool and refreshing.

    Store the wine in a cool dry place.

    Tomorrow it will be cloudy and cool everywhere.

    1. a.
      food that is cool is no longer hot

      When the biscuits 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.

  2. 2
    calm and relaxed

    a cool and calm atmosphere

    her cool handling of the situation

  3. 3
    not friendly or enthusiastic

    The presidential candidate got a cool reception.

    a cool ruthless manner

  4. 4
    impressive because of being fashionable or attractive

    one of Britain's coolest young designers

    It's not considered cool to wear a helmet.

    1. a.
      used for emphasizing how good someone or something is

      We had such a cool time at your party.

      I met this really cool girl last night.

    2. b.
      spoken used for agreeing to something or saying that something would be convenient

      'We could go to see a film.' 'Cool.'

      Any time after five would be cool.

  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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