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lesson

noun les·son \ ˈle-sᵊn \

Definition of lesson

1 :a passage from sacred writings read in a service of worship
2 a :a piece of instruction
b :a reading or exercise to be studied by a pupil
c :a division of a course of instruction
3 a :something learned by study or experience
  • his years of travel had taught him valuable lessons
b :an instructive example
  • the lessons of history

Examples of lesson in a Sentence

  1. You can't go out to play until you've finished your lessons.

  2. The book is divided into 12 lessons.

  3. She took piano lessons for years.

  4. political leaders who have failed to learn the lessons of history

  5. I've learned my lesson—I'll never do that again!

  6. Let that be a lesson to you—if you don't take better care of your toys they'll get broken!

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Origin and Etymology of lesson

Middle English, from Anglo-French leçon, from Late Latin lection-, lectio, from Latin, act of reading, from legere to read — more at legend

lesson Synonyms


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lesson

verb

Definition of lesson

lessoned; lessoning play \ˈle-sə-niŋ, ˈles-niŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to give a lesson to :instruct

Examples of lesson in a Sentence

  1. would tirelessly lesson the children in proper manners

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First Known Use of lesson

1555



LESSON Defined for English Language Learners

lesson

noun

Definition of lesson for English Language Learners

  • : an activity that you do in order to learn something; also : something that is taught

  • : a single class or part of a course of instruction

  • : something learned through experience


LESSON Defined for Kids

lesson

noun les·son \ ˈle-sᵊn \

Definition of lesson for Students

1 :something learned or taught
  • Travels to other countries taught him valuable lessons.
2 :a single class or part of a course of instruction
  • music lessons


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