Definition of lesson in English:

lesson

noun

  • 1A period of learning or teaching.

    ‘an advanced lesson in maths’
    ‘a driving lesson’
    • ‘He quickly began thinking of how to go about teaching his first dance lesson ever.’
    • ‘Many teachers elect to continue teaching private or group lessons during the summer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She studied math at New York Community College and earned enough money working part-time to begin private flying lessons.’
    • ‘If a child is going to be successful academically, teachers must adapt lessons to meet that child's specific learning needs.’
    • ‘Before the summit, transport providers were given advanced driving lessons in order to save energy and to reduce air pollution.’
    • ‘There are many examples of very good and occasionally excellent teaching observed in lessons across the school.’
    • ‘She started teaching piano lessons at age 8 to her neighborhood friends shortly after she started taking lessons.’
    • ‘She has a particular interest in developing integrated cross-curriculum lessons with classroom teachers.’
    • ‘Take a private tennis lesson from a pro or choose a women-only class.’
    • ‘Music lessons for school children are taking place in the Community Centre each Saturday afternoon.’
    • ‘The second block requires teacher candidates to teach independent lessons.’
    • ‘Word quickly spread about the convenience and economy that could result from teaching survival lessons at a distance.’
    • ‘Despite the pain, she has started taking PE lessons again at school.’
    • ‘You've just came back from a tutoring lesson, right after school.’
    • ‘I have wanted to work as a counselor from my home or teach private piano lessons.’
    • ‘She taught herself the instrument for a year before she began taking guitar lessons.’
    • ‘Anyway, there is this really attractive woman who takes singing lessons at our school.’
    • ‘One method is to exchange lessons with a Chinese teacher.’
    • ‘I took my first swimming lessons when I was 18 months old.’
    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 had to start out with one of those little object lessons in manners.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 A thing learned by experience.
      ‘lessons should have been learned from two similar collisions’
      • ‘I had received a memorable lesson in the ability of inexplicable experience to produce powerful emotion.’
      • ‘When you are constantly aware, every experience becomes a lesson in life.’
      • ‘Surely our friends have learned lessons from the past.’
      • ‘So far the experience has proved positive, but she has learned lessons along the way.’
      • ‘However, we have learned valuable lessons from this confrontation.’
      • ‘We've learned many lessons over the years running a year-round program.’
      • ‘Surely mistakes were made, and valuable lessons learned.’
      • ‘The lessons appear clear: engage the moderates or the consequences could be dire.’
      • ‘He just took things as they came and learned the lessons along the way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have been climbing for about three years and I have learned many lessons from my experiences.’
      • ‘Discover the hidden lesson in each experience to develop a profound understanding of life and yourself.’
      • ‘I've learned hard lessons from my experience with credit cards.’
      • ‘To this day, we are drawing important lessons from their experience.’
      • ‘At least, she says, she has learned lessons from her disastrous first relationship.’
      • ‘Along the way, life lessons are learned and current social issues are explored, but it rarely feels heavy-handed.’
      • ‘Teaching this important lesson is not something you will be able to do on your own.’
      • ‘Hopefully, we have now learned our lesson from the past.’
      • ‘Mr. Putin must learn the real lessons of this tragic event.’
      • ‘They worked very well together and learned many valuable lessons about how a real business works.’
      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!’
      • ‘We must never forget the intensely human story of the lessons, warnings and inspirations that story holds for us today.’
      • ‘There was a lesson in that, and I won't forget it.’
      • ‘The entire episode is a dramatic lesson in the breathtaking callousness of government officials at the ground level.’
      • ‘The epitaph of ancient democracy was a bitter legacy that should have served as a salutary lesson to all.’
      • ‘The feelings, however, are valid and these words will serve as reminders and lessons.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This sentence should serve as a lesson to others who also believe they can outrun the law.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This shameful case should serve as a painful lesson for those in power.’
      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’
    • ‘A few days after reading this report I opened my Bible to read the lesson for the daily office.’
    • ‘Scripture lessons, read by the master of the house, occurred twice a day, in the morning and evening.’
    • ‘The church was well attended for the carol service last Sunday, where the lessons were read beautifully by young people from Silchester.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I cannot read this morning's gospel lesson without a little nostalgia.’
    • ‘The Bible lesson each week reflects the theme in some way.’
    • ‘Dr Hope will read the first lesson from Ecclesiastes 12: 1-7 and the Abbey Choir will sing Psalm 121.’
    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’
      • ‘Treat these folks right or they may not vote at all, just to teach you a lesson.’
      • ‘Perhaps, it's his way of teaching them a lesson for becoming unruly at times.’
      • ‘The Catalan region taught me a lesson in sobriety and discipline but also to love its freedom.’
      • ‘He decided to teach them a lesson and it was a wrong move.’
      • ‘Therefore, it is not our intention to punish you, but rather to teach you a lesson.’
      • ‘Our nation's experience with prescription drugs should teach us a lesson.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I would like to teach them a lesson,’ said Mrs North.’
      • ‘Even in accepting my gift, he was teaching me a lesson.’
      • ‘Perhaps this will teach you a lesson, and be a warning for any of those thinking of rebelling.’
      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/