- The definition of a lesson is something that is to be learned, a learning period or a plan for teaching.
An example of a lesson is an English teacher's plan for her next class.
- Lesson is defined as to teach, instruct or discipline.
An example of lesson is to teach someone to play the guitar.
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- something to be learned; specif.,
- an exercise or assignment that a student is to prepare or learn within a given time; unit of instruction
- the instruction given during one class or instruction period
- something that needs to be learned (or the event through which it is learned) for the sake of one's safety, well-being, etc.
- course of instruction: music lessons
- a selection, as of Scripture, forming part of a religious service; lection
- a rebuke; reproof
Origin: Middle English lessoun from Old French leçon from Classical Latin lectio, a reading, hence text, lesson from past participle of legere, to read: see logic
- to give a lesson to
- to rebuke; reprove
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- Something to be learned: lessons from observing nature.
- a. A period of instruction; a class.b. An assignment or exercise in which something is to be learned.c. The act or an instance of instructing; teaching.
- a. An experience, example, or observation that imparts beneficial new knowledge or wisdom.b. The knowledge or wisdom so acquired.
- A rebuke or reprimand.
- often Lesson A reading from the Bible or other sacred text as part of a religious service.
- To teach a lesson to; instruct.
- To rebuke or reprimand.
Origin: Middle English lessoun, from Old French leson, from Latin lēctiō, lēctiōn-, a reading, from lēctus, past participle of legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.