Definition of common cold in US English:

common cold


the common cold
  • another term for cold (sense 2 of the noun)
    • ‘Now if only he could find a cure for the common cold.’
    • ‘While there's no cure for the common cold, old-fashioned foods can at least give you some comfort.’
    • ‘Scientists have long sought a cure for the common cold - and that discovery may still be a long way off.’
    • ‘There are more than 100 different viruses that cause the common cold, a cough being the main symptom.’
    • ‘There are more than 200 known viruses which can cause the common cold, so it is little wonder each adult averages two to five colds per year!’
    • ‘The symptoms of influenza begin much like those of the common cold - head ache, fatigue, and body aches.’
    • ‘Seems there's a world-wide epidemic of the common cold just now.’
    • ‘More than 200 different kinds of viruses can cause what is known as the common cold.’
    • ‘Although there's no cure for the common cold, you can make your baby more comfortable.’
    • ‘New research links lack of sleep to health problems like obesity, diabetes and the common cold.’
    • ‘It is related to viruses that cause the common cold.’
    • ‘Like the common cold, it spreads through the air.’
    • ‘Patients often visit their GPs for relief from the common cold, when there is no medication to cure it.’
    • ‘Many believed it was for research into the common cold.’
    • ‘However, the bacteria are not as infectious as the common cold and cannot be spread by casual contact.’
    • ‘The flu and the common cold are examples of viral respiratory infections.’
    • ‘A variety of viruses cause the common cold and that is why the body is less like to develop immunity against them.’
    • ‘Coughing can be a symptom of a viral infection, such as the common cold.’
    • ‘Whatever treatment you use for the common cold, you will probably feel better in about a week.’
    • ‘Yes, we have all tried the good old brandy, laced with honey to cure the common cold and sore throat, but this was a new discovery for me.’


common cold

/ˈkämən kōld//ˈkɑmən koʊld/