a common illness that makes it difficult to breathe through your nose and often makes your throat hurt: ➔ common cold
I' ve got a bad cold.
Keep your feet dry so you don't catch a cold (=become ill).
2 [uncountable] also the cold
a low temperature or cold weather:
I was shivering with cold.
Don't go out in the cold without your coat!
you'll catch your death of cold (=used to warn someone that they may become very ill if they do not keep themselves warm in cold weather) British English
to become accepted or recognized, especially by a powerful group of people
to not include someone in an activity:
He chose to favour us one at a time and the others were left out in the cold.