cold Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “cold” in the English Dictionary

"cold" in British English

See all translations

coldadjective

uk   /kəʊld/  us   /koʊld/
  • cold adjective (LOW TEMPERATURE)

A1 at a low temperature, especially when compared to the temperature of the human body, and not hot, or warm: a cold day/house cold food/water cold hands cold weather My feet are so cold. It's freezing cold today. You'll feel cold if you don't wear a coat.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

coldness
noun [U] uk   /ˈkəʊld.nəs/  us   /ˈkoʊld.nəs/
C2 It was the coldness of her manner that struck me.

coldnoun

uk   /kəʊld/  us   /koʊld/
  • cold noun (ILLNESS)

A2 [C] a common infection, especially in the nose and throat, that often causes a cough, a slight fever, and sometimes some pain in the muscles: I've got a cold. She caught a cold at school.UK informal Don't come near me - I've got a stinking/streaming cold (= extremely bad cold).
(Definition of cold from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cold" in American English

See all translations

coldadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /koʊld/
having a low temperature, esp. when compared to the temperature of the human body, and not hot or warm: cold weather I forgot my gloves and my hands are getting cold.

coldnoun

 us   /koʊld/
  • cold noun (ILLNESS)

[C] a common infection, esp. in the nose and throat, which often causes you to sneeze and cough, to feel tired, and sometimes to have pain in the muscles: I’m afraid I’m catching a cold.
  • cold noun (LOW TEMPERATURE)

[U] The cold is cold temperature or cold weather: Don’t stand out there in the cold – come in here and get warm.
(Definition of cold from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of cold?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
That’s fantastic! (Words meaning ‘very good’)
That’s fantastic! (Words meaning ‘very good’)
by ,
May 18, 2016
by Kate Woodford We all need words and phrases for saying that things are good or great – that we find them nice or very nice. This post aims to give you more ways to say that you like, or really like, something. Starting with a very frequent adjective; lovely is used a lot in UK English

Read More 

Word of the Day

parasol

a type of sunshade (= round frame covered in cloth on a stick) carried especially by women in the past, to give protection from the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More