Definition of “cold” - English Dictionary

“cold” in British English

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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.

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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

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coldadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /koʊld/

cold adjective [ -er/-est only ] (LOW TEMPERATURE)

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.

cold adjective [ -er/-est only ] (UNFRIENDLY)

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)