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  1. the act or profession of a person who teaches.
  2. something that is taught.
  3. Often teachings. doctrines or precepts: the teachings of Lao-tzu.
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Origin of teaching

First recorded in 1125–75, teaching is from the Middle English word teching. See teach, -ing1
Related formsnon·teach·ing, adjectiveself-teach·ing, adjective
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  • Her tone is pure, her morals are high, her teachings are direct and effective.

  • He had acquired this from his mother's teachings and his father's spendthrift ways.

  • He wrote the book of “Meaning and Life” and spread his teachings through the world.

  • These doctrines are known to this day as the teachings of the Yellow Ancient.

  • And then he ran over, in eager tones, all that he owed to her teachings.

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for teachings


  1. the art or profession of a teacher
  2. (sometimes plural) something taught; precept
  3. (modifier) denoting a person or institution that teachesa teaching hospital
  4. (modifier) used in teachingteaching aids
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