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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.
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    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.
    3. 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
    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.


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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