lesson

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From Middle English lessoun, from Old French leçon, from Latin lēctiō, lēctiōnem (a reading), from legō (I read, I gather). Doublet of lection.

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lesson (third-person singular simple present lessons, present participle lessoning, simple past and past participle lessoned)

  1. (archaic) To instruct to teach.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 107:
      And you, my sister—you, who lesson me on endurance, your cheek is pale, and your step languid; even with you, how much has life lost its interest!

Noun[edit]

lesson (plural lessons)

  1. A section of learning or teaching into which a wider learning content is divided.
    In our school a typical working week consists of around twenty lessons and ten hours of related laboratory work.
  2. A learning task assigned to a student; homework.
  3. Something learned or to be learned.
    Nature has many lessons to teach to us.
  4. Something that serves as a warning or encouragement.
    I hope this accident taught you a lesson!
    The accident was a good lesson to me.
  5. A section of the Bible or other religious text read as part of a divine service.
    Here endeth the first lesson.
  6. A severe lecture; reproof; rebuke; warning.
  7. (music) An exercise; a composition serving an educational purpose; a study.

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lesson (third-person singular simple present lessons, present participle lessoning, simple past and past participle lessoned)

  1. To give a lesson to; to teach.

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lesson

  1. Alternative form of lessoun