[ les-uh n ]
/ ˈlɛs ən /


verb (used with object)

to teach; instruct; give a lesson to.
to admonish or reprove.

Origin of lesson

1175–1225; Middle English lesso(u)n < Old French leçon < Latin lēctiōn- (stem of lēctiō) lection

Can be confused

lessen lesson
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British Dictionary definitions for lesson


/ (ˈlɛsən) /



(tr) rare to censure or punish

Word Origin for lesson

C13: from Old French leçon, from Latin lēctiō, from legere to read
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Idioms and Phrases with lesson


see learn one's lesson; teach a lesson.

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