object lesson

noun ob·ject lesson \ ˈäb-jikt- , -(ˌ)jekt- \
Updated on: 7 Apr 2018

Definition of object lesson

: something that serves as a practical example of a principle or abstract idea

Examples of object lesson in a Sentence

  1. His life story is an object lesson in how not to run a business.

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First Known Use of object lesson

1831

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Definition of object lesson for English Language Learners

  • : an example from real life that teaches a lesson or explains something


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