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American English: /kul/
British English: /kuːl/

Translation of cool in Spanish:

adjective cooler, coolest

  • 1 (cold)
    it's cool outside
    hace or está fresco (a)fuera
    Example sentences
    • If grain is stored into the following summer, run fans only at night when the temperature is fairly cool.
    • It was late afternoon, and fairly cool, but the USAID official was sweating heavily.
    • We have been getting good afternoon showers with fairly cool nights, a welcome change from the heat.
    Example sentences
    • We then went for a stroll through the village, and had a cool, refreshing drink in a bar, before going back to collect our bags for the night.
    • The ocean air was refreshing and a cool breeze had tempered the thick Hawaiian heat.
    • He said putting the top of the can on his lips, enjoying the cool refreshing drink.
    Example sentences
    • Light, comfortable, and cool clothing is a must for carnival in Jamaica.
    • I remembered that my father wore velvet coats in the winter and cool shirts in the summer.
    • The enemy were strong, and could easily fight in the sun in their surprisingly cool robes.
  • 2 (reserved, hostile)
    to be cool to or toward somebody
    estar frío con alguien
    Example sentences
    • However, the idea has received a cool reception from employers, who believe it is unrealistic for all but a very few companies and employees.
    • Most environmental non-governmental organisations have been cool to the idea of funding rehabilitation projects.
    • Throughout his life Louis treated her with a cool reserve.
    Example sentences
    • The Swede is known for keeping a cool head but said this was his nature, although bosses owe it to their teams to be confident and positive.
    • Despite these additional pressures, the bride-to-be is keeping a cool head.
    • Now ambulance staff have praised the Wigginton youngster for keeping a cool head and raising the alarm.
  • 3 3.1 (calm)
    keep cool!
    no te pongas nervioso
    to keep a cool head
    no perder la calma
    cool, calm and collected
    tranquilo y sereno
    to play it cool [colloquial]
    tomarse las cosas con calma
    no precipitarse
    3.2 (unperturbed) he's a very cool customer
    tiene una sangre fría impresionante
  • 4 [slang] 4.1 (trendy, laid-back) he's really cool
    es muy en la onda [colloquial]
    es muy taquilla (Chile) [colloquial]
    it's cool to like this kind of music
    si te gusta este tipo de música estás en la onda or estás in [colloquial]
    those shades are really cool
    Example sentences
    • Who is going to replace her as the model of cool, trendy fashion on TV?
    • I've never been near here before, but the lights of Sydney look so cool at night.
    • Her style is different from anyone else I know, which made her totally cool in my book.
    4.2 (acceptable, all right)he's cool
    es un tipo bien [colloquial]
    es un tío legal (Spain) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • No, it's cool; I don't mind talking about that.
    • I work hard at things to improve, but I also realize it takes time and I'm cool with that.
    • If that's not your thing, that's cool by me, but know that it's encouraged and applauded in this community.
  • 5 (with numbers) [colloquial]a cool one million dollars
    la friolera de un millón de dólares [colloquial]
    an increase of a cool 10%
    un aumento de ni más ni menos que el 10%
    Example sentences
    • Belfast’s bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2008 could cost a cool £150 million
    • A two-piece suit from this guy comes in at a cool two grand, so is unlikely to be realistic unless I win the lottery.
    • It’s got a top speed of 185 and would cost you a cool £110,000 to drive off the forecourt.


  • 1 (low temperature) let's stay here in the cool
    quedémonos aquí al fresco
    in the cool of the evening
    por la tarde cuando está or hace fresco
    Example sentences
    • As they sit at the openings of their tents in the cool of the summer evening, on the completion of a long journey, they break out into song.
    • What better way to end a hot summer's day than to sit back to enjoy the cool of the evening with the latest gripping novel.
    • Sometimes a few small boys are scrabbling about on a road or an old lady is sitting out in the cool of an evening.
  • 2 (composure) to keep one's cool
    mantener la calma
    to lose one's cool
    perder la calma
    Example sentences
    • His point guard play is a picture of composure and cool.
    • Hopefully, he'll recover his stony-faced cool in time to thwart the intergalactic threat.
    • For all her cool and calmness, she liked insulting my older brother.

transitive verb

  • (air/room)
    to cool somebody's temper
    apaciguar a alguien
    to cool it [slang]cool it, you two! we don't want any fights in here cool it! he's watching us! (US)
    disimula, que nos está mirando
    Example sentences
    • While humans try to cool off under the fan and the more fortunate in air-conditioned rooms, the wild and domestic animals are not so lucky.
    • The weekend's fine weather was good news for Yorkshire's tourist industry and, of course, the baking heat sent many in search of ways to cool off.
    • It started to cool off today, at last, much to Dolly's relief.
    Example sentences
    • We literally had to pin him down until he cooled off.
    • He would allow her to come back to him after she cooled off, and he would say nothing of it.
    • By time he had gotten his food and sat down at a table in the corner, he had cooled off a bit.

intransitive verb

  • (air/room)
    to cool toward somebody/something (US)
    perder el entusiasmo por alguien/algo
    he had cooled toward her/toward the idea of going to the movies
    ya no estaba tan entusiasmado con ella/con la idea de ir al cine

Phrasal verbs

cool down

1verb + adverb 1.1 (become cooler)
it starts to cool down around this time of day
a esta hora del día empieza a refrescar
1.2 (become calmer)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (make cooler)
2.2 (make calmer)

cool off

verb + adverb
1 (become cooler)
2 (become calmer)
3 (lose enthusiasm, passion)
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