Definition of lesson in English:

lesson

noun

  • 1A period of learning or teaching.

    ‘an advanced lesson in maths’
    ‘a driving lesson’
    • ‘The second block requires teacher candidates to teach independent lessons.’
    • ‘Music lessons for school children are taking place in the Community Centre each Saturday afternoon.’
    • ‘She taught herself the instrument for a year before she began taking guitar lessons.’
    • ‘One method is to exchange lessons with a Chinese teacher.’
    • ‘You've just came back from a tutoring lesson, right after school.’
    • ‘Take a private tennis lesson from a pro or choose a women-only class.’
    • ‘She has a particular interest in developing integrated cross-curriculum lessons with classroom teachers.’
    • ‘Despite the pain, she has started taking PE lessons again at school.’
    • ‘I took my first swimming lessons when I was 18 months old.’
    • ‘There are many examples of very good and occasionally excellent teaching observed in lessons across the school.’
    • ‘With the first two lessons, students are learning right away that a sketchbook is not necessarily a book of drawings, but a tool for the artist to use in many different ways.’
    • ‘Word quickly spread about the convenience and economy that could result from teaching survival lessons at a distance.’
    • ‘He quickly began thinking of how to go about teaching his first dance lesson ever.’
    • ‘Before the summit, transport providers were given advanced driving lessons in order to save energy and to reduce air pollution.’
    • ‘If a child is going to be successful academically, teachers must adapt lessons to meet that child's specific learning needs.’
    • ‘Many teachers elect to continue teaching private or group lessons during the summer.’
    • ‘I have wanted to work as a counselor from my home or teach private piano lessons.’
    • ‘She started teaching piano lessons at age 8 to her neighborhood friends shortly after she started taking lessons.’
    • ‘Anyway, there is this really attractive woman who takes singing lessons at our school.’
    • ‘She studied math at New York Community College and earned enough money working part-time to begin private flying lessons.’
    class, session, seminar, tutorial, lecture, period
    exercise, assignment, school task, drill
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    1. 1.1 A thing learned or to be learned by a pupil.
      ‘he had a facility for languages and had learned his lessons well’
      • ‘Today's object lesson is the coverage of a promising medical breakthrough.’
      • ‘Despite the fact that this lesson took several class periods to complete, I feel it was definitely worth it.’
      • ‘Today had to start out with one of those little object lessons in manners.’
    2. 1.2 A thing learned by experience.
      ‘lessons should have been learned from two similar collisions’
      • ‘I believe that if a personal event offers a life lesson and can inform our art, then it needs to be passed on as a teaching.’
      • ‘Surely mistakes were made, and valuable lessons learned.’
      • ‘When you are constantly aware, every experience becomes a lesson in life.’
      • ‘At least, she says, she has learned lessons from her disastrous first relationship.’
      • ‘I had received a memorable lesson in the ability of inexplicable experience to produce powerful emotion.’
      • ‘Surely our friends have learned lessons from the past.’
      • ‘They worked very well together and learned many valuable lessons about how a real business works.’
      • ‘Along the way, life lessons are learned and current social issues are explored, but it rarely feels heavy-handed.’
      • ‘We've learned many lessons over the years running a year-round program.’
      • ‘So far the experience has proved positive, but she has learned lessons along the way.’
      • ‘He just took things as they came and learned the lessons along the way.’
      • ‘Discover the hidden lesson in each experience to develop a profound understanding of life and yourself.’
      • ‘The lessons appear clear: engage the moderates or the consequences could be dire.’
      • ‘Teaching this important lesson is not something you will be able to do on your own.’
      • ‘To this day, we are drawing important lessons from their experience.’
      • ‘I've learned hard lessons from my experience with credit cards.’
      • ‘Hopefully, we have now learned our lesson from the past.’
      • ‘I have been climbing for about three years and I have learned many lessons from my experiences.’
      • ‘However, we have learned valuable lessons from this confrontation.’
      • ‘Mr. Putin must learn the real lessons of this tragic event.’
      knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment, experience, truths
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    3. 1.3 An experience or event that serves as a warning or encouragement.
      ‘let that be a lesson to you!’
      • ‘There was a lesson in that, and I won't forget it.’
      • ‘The epitaph of ancient democracy was a bitter legacy that should have served as a salutary lesson to all.’
      • ‘Such leaders seem impervious to the salutary lessons from the experience in East Asia where a commitment to growth-oriented policies led to sharp declines in poverty.’
      • ‘The entire episode is a dramatic lesson in the breathtaking callousness of government officials at the ground level.’
      • ‘Have we learned nothing from this, and other similar lessons of the past?’
      • ‘Somewhere, there's a lesson in that for Europe's leaders.’
      • ‘What happened in those economies is history, albeit a painful one, and should serve as a lesson to all other third world countries working on large amounts of debt.’
      • ‘This sentence should serve as a lesson to others who also believe they can outrun the law.’
      • ‘This shameful case should serve as a painful lesson for those in power.’
      • ‘The silver lining, however, is that at least it served to provide the lessons on which the far more successful policies of the second half of the century were founded.’
      • ‘The feelings, however, are valid and these words will serve as reminders and lessons.’
      • ‘We must never forget the intensely human story of the lessons, warnings and inspirations that story holds for us today.’
      warning, deterrent, caution
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  • 2A passage from the Bible read aloud during a church service, especially either of two readings at morning and evening prayer in the Anglican Church.

    ‘he went up to read the first lesson’
    • ‘The Bible lesson each week reflects the theme in some way.’
    • ‘I cannot read this morning's gospel lesson without a little nostalgia.’
    • ‘The church was well attended for the carol service last Sunday, where the lessons were read beautifully by young people from Silchester.’
    • ‘A few days after reading this report I opened my Bible to read the lesson for the daily office.’
    • ‘Although not a regular worshipper at St Mary's, he often read Christmas lessons at the church, and was heavily involved in the Thundridge community.’
    • ‘Inside the church, Lord Archer read the lesson during what was described as a simple and dignified service.’
    • ‘Dr Hope will read the first lesson from Ecclesiastes 12: 1-7 and the Abbey Choir will sing Psalm 121.’
    • ‘Scripture lessons, read by the master of the house, occurred twice a day, in the morning and evening.’
    • ‘The two girls tease Johnny about the morning's bible lesson.’
    • ‘It is not achieved either, when one or two persons out of a crowd of hundreds read a lesson or take part in a prayer.’
    bible reading, bible passage, scripture, text, reading
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verb

[with object]archaic
  • 1Instruct or teach (someone)

    with object and clause ‘Metaneone had beforehand lessoned him what he should say’
    1. 1.1 Rebuke (someone)
      ‘Oedipus has been lessoned to humility before the throne of Zeus’

Phrases

  • teach someone a lesson

    • Punish or hurt someone as a deterrent or warning.

      ‘they were teaching me a lesson for daring to complain’
      • ‘If we can make these criminals run back and forth from the court on a number of grievous charges then that would teach them a lesson.’
      • ‘Our nation's experience with prescription drugs should teach us a lesson.’
      • ‘‘I would like to teach them a lesson,’ said Mrs North.’
      • ‘He decided to teach them a lesson and it was a wrong move.’
      • ‘Perhaps, it's his way of teaching them a lesson for becoming unruly at times.’
      • ‘Perhaps this will teach you a lesson, and be a warning for any of those thinking of rebelling.’
      • ‘Treat these folks right or they may not vote at all, just to teach you a lesson.’
      • ‘The Catalan region taught me a lesson in sobriety and discipline but also to love its freedom.’
      • ‘Therefore, it is not our intention to punish you, but rather to teach you a lesson.’
      • ‘Even in accepting my gift, he was teaching me a lesson.’
      penalize, discipline, mete out punishment to, bring someone to book, teach someone a lesson, make an example of
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French leçon, from Latin lectio (see lection).

Pronunciation

lesson

/ˈlɛs(ə)n/