What does lesson mean?

Definitions for lesson
ˈlɛs ənles·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lessonnoun

    a unit of instruction

    "he took driving lessons"

  2. example, deterrent example, lesson, object lessonnoun

    punishment intended as a warning to others

    "they decided to make an example of him"

  3. moral, lessonnoun

    the significance of a story or event

    "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"

  4. lessonnoun

    a task assigned for individual study

    "he did the lesson for today"


  1. lessonnoun

    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. lessonnoun

    A learning task assigned to a student; homework.

  3. lessonnoun

    Something learned or to be learned.

  4. lessonnoun

    Something that serves as a warning or encouragement.

    The accident was a good lesson to me.

  5. lessonnoun

    A section of the Bible or other religious text read as part of a divine service.

  6. lessonverb

    To give a lesson to; to teach.

  7. Etymology: From leçon, from lectio, from lego.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LESSONnoun

    Etymology: leçon, French; lectio, Latin.

    I but repeat that lesson
    Which I have learn’d from thee. John Denham, Sophy.

    This days ensample hath this lesson dear
    Deep written in my heart with iron pen,
    That bliss may not abide in state of mortal men. Fa. Qu.

    Be not jealous over the wife of thy bosom, and teach her not an evil lesson against thyself. Ecclus. ix. 1.

    Notwithstanding so eminent properties, whereof lessons are happily destitute; yet lessons being free from some inconveniences whereunto sermons are more subject, they may, in this respect, no less take, than in other they must give the hand which betokeneth pre-eminence. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Those good laws were like good lessons set for a flute out of tune; of which lessons little use can be made, till the flute be made fit to be played on. John Davies, on Ireland.

    She would give her a lesson for walking so late, that should make her keep within doors for one fortnight. Philip Sidney.

  2. To Lessonverb

    To teach; to instruct.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Even in kind love, I do conjure thee,
    To lesson me. William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    Well hast thou lesson’d us, this shall we do. William Shakespeare.

    Children should be seasoned betimes, and lessoned into a contempt and detestation of this vice. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lessonnoun

    anything read or recited to a teacher by a pupil or learner; something, as a portion of a book, assigned to a pupil to be studied or learned at one time

  2. Lessonnoun

    that which is learned or taught by an express effort; instruction derived from precept, experience, observation, or deduction; a precept; a doctrine; as, to take or give a lesson in drawing

  3. Lessonnoun

    a portion of Scripture read in divine service for instruction; as, here endeth the first lesson

  4. Lessonnoun

    a severe lecture; reproof; rebuke; warning

  5. Lessonnoun

    an exercise; a composition serving an educational purpose; a study

  6. Lessonverb

    to teach; to instruct

  7. Etymology: [OE. lessoun, F. leon lesson, reading, fr. L. lectio a reading, fr. legere to read, collect. See Legend, and cf. Lection.]


  1. Lesson

    A lesson is a structured period of time where learning is intended to occur. It involves one or more students being taught by a teacher or instructor. A lesson may be either one section of a textbook or, more frequently, a short period of time during which learners are taught about a particular subject or taught how to perform a particular activity. Lessons are generally taught in a classroom but may instead take place in a situated learning environment. In a wider sense, a lesson is an insight gained by a learner into previously unfamiliar subject-matter. Such a lesson can be either planned or accidental, enjoyable or painful. The colloquial phrase "to teach someone a lesson", means to punish or scold a person for a mistake they have made in order to ensure that they do not make the same mistake again. Lessons can also be made entertaining. When the term education is combined with entertainment, the term edutainment is coined.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lesson

    les′n, n. a portion of Scripture appointed to be read in divine service: that which a pupil learns at a time: a precept or doctrine inculcated: instruction derived from experience: severe lecture.—v.t. to give a lesson to. [Fr. leçon—L. lection-emlegĕre, to read.]

Editors Contribution

  1. lesson

    A form of instruction.

    The gym instructor has lesson plans for the various groups.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 8, 2020  

  2. lesson

    A unit of time created on a school timetable for a specific teacher and subject to teach.

    The school lessons were created before the school term starts to ensure proactive creation , management, planning and reviewing.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 27, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lesson' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4371

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lesson' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2267

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lesson' in Nouns Frequency: #998

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lesson in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lesson in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of lesson in a Sentence

  1. Unknown:

    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

  2. Jeffrey Sachs:

    Now, at a time of pandemic and war, we need such an effort more than ever, and the lesson of the World Happiness Report over the years is that social support, generosity to one another, and honesty in government are crucial for well-being.

  3. Darren Sanchez:

    The challenge was to create a fun, action-packed story while also including a lesson on personal finance, trying to squeeze educational information into a story can be tough, especially with a topic like money management. To make it work you have to be careful not to overwhelm the story.

  4. Jason Furman:

    The premature shift to austerity certainly slowed the economic recovery, for a lot of people, that lesson has been learned.

  5. Richard Nixon:

    The lesson of all history warns us that we should negotiate only when our military superiority is so convincing that we can achieve our objective at the conference table, and deny the aggressor theirs.

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