verb (used with object)
Origin of lesson
Examples from the Web for lesson
The second lesson is that no one writing before the twentieth century holds a key to our problems.
The testimony is damning: the world has not learned its lesson.
The question is whether universities will learn their lesson.How The University of Wisconsin Badgers Are Bucking the Big Ten Ticket Flop|Brian Weidy|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So maybe we should take a lesson from women with brass ovaries: comedy and feminism are longstanding bedfellows.
Isn't it time Kate took a lesson from her grandmother-in-law and weighted down those skirts against the pesky wind?
Two or three paragraphs are all that can be well done for a lesson.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
I sneaked out of the office, followed by the broad smiles of every man in the place, and thus ended the first lesson.Danger Signals|John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
When the lesson was over, we used to go up to the watermelon patch behind the garden.My Antonia|Willa Cather
Mose was not an apt pupil, however, for he required a third lesson, and at the end of it Zanzibar was blowing heavily.Old Man Curry|Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Although it was difficult to bring this great culprit to justice, yet his death is a lesson to traitors.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII|John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for lesson
- a unit, or single period of instruction in a subject; classan hour-long music lesson
- the content of such a unit
Word Origin for lesson
Word Origin and History for lesson
early 13c., "a reading aloud from the Bible," also "something to be learned by a student," from Old French leçon, from Latin lectionem (nominative lectio) "a reading," noun of action from past participle stem of legere "to read" (see lecture (n.)). Transferred sense of "an occurrence from which something can be learned" is from 1580s.
Idioms and Phrases with lesson
see learn one's lesson; teach a lesson.