Meaning of “the common cold” in the English Dictionary

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"the common cold" in British English

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the common coldnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌkɒm.ən ˈkəʊld/ us /ˌkɑː.mən ˈkoʊld/

Examples from literature

  • So far, none of the contagious infections except polio and the common cold had made the jump. 
  • The common cold is believed to enter by the nose. 

(Definition of “the common cold” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"common cold" in American English

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common coldnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑm·ən ˈkoʊld/

a slight infectious disease that causes a cough and sore throat and makes breathing through the nose difficult

(Definition of “common cold” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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