- a section into which a course of study is divided, especially a single, continuous session of formal instruction in a subject: The manual was broken down into 50 lessons.
- a part of a book, an exercise, etc., that is assigned to a student for study: The lesson for today is on page 22. He worked assiduously at his music lesson.
- something to be learned or studied: the lessons of the past.
- a useful piece of practical wisdom acquired by experience or study: That accident certainly taught him a lesson in careful driving.
- something from which a person learns or should learn; an instructive example: Her faith should serve as a lesson to all of us.
- a reproof or punishment intended to teach one better ways.
- a portion of Scripture or other sacred writing read or appointed to be read at a divine service; lection; pericope.
- to teach; instruct; give a lesson to.
- to admonish or reprove.
Origin of lesson
Related Wordspractice, task, study, instruction, reading, teaching, test, lecture, education, class, exercise, homework, message, warning, assignment, schooling, recitation, period, drill, quiz
Examples from the Web for lesson
The second lesson is that no one writing before the twentieth century holds a key to our problems.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
The testimony is damning: the world has not learned its lesson.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
The question is whether universities will learn their lesson.How The University of Wisconsin Badgers Are Bucking the Big Ten Ticket Flop
October 31, 2014
So maybe we should take a lesson from women with brass ovaries: comedy and feminism are longstanding bedfellows.Comedians and Feminism Getting Laughs
October 23, 2014
Isn't it time Kate took a lesson from her grandmother-in-law and weighted down those skirts against the pesky wind?Kate. Sweetie. Get Some Hem Weights.
October 22, 2014
You'd better not tell him so, or he might give you a lesson in politeness.Brave and Bold
The healthy and the young might read a lesson on her blanched and wrinkled cheek.
He had learned his lesson of experience, and profited thereby.A Night Out
And after the lesson he had given them but the night before!Weighed and Wanting
The use of a Scripture lesson is, of course, optional with the pastor.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
- a unit, or single period of instruction in a subject; classan hour-long music lesson
- the content of such a unit
- material assigned for individual study
- something from which useful knowledge or principles can be learned; example
- the principles, knowledge, etc, gained
- a reprimand or punishment intended to correct
- a portion of Scripture appointed to be read at divine service
- (tr) rare to censure or punish
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.