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adjective     cool pronunciation in British English
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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.

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    1. b.
      cool clothes prevent you from feeling too hot

      He put on a cool cotton shirt and a pair of shorts.

    2. c.
      cool colours, such as white and blue, give an idea of cold instead of heat

      The place was painted in a cool glossy white.

  2. 2
    calm and relaxed

    a cool and calm atmosphere

    her cool handling of the situation

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  3. 3
    not friendly or enthusiastic
  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.

  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    cool beans! very informal a way of saying great, happy, joy, outstanding, yes

    Would you like a gift? Cool Beans!

    What do you think of this? Cool beans!

    Submitted by Margaret C Felux from United States on 23/05/2016

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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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