1. 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. 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.“ A smooth and pleasing lesson.”
Emprinteth well this lesson in your mind. --Chaucer.
3. A portion of Scripture read in divine service for instruction; as, here endeth the first lesson.
4. A severe lecture; reproof; rebuke; warning.
She would give her a lesson for walking so late. --Sir. P. Sidney.
5. Mus. An exercise; a composition serving an educational purpose; a study.
Les·son, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lessoned p. pr. & vb. n. Lessoning.] To teach; to instruct.
To rest the weary, and to soothe the sad,
Doth lesson happier men, and shame at least the bad. --Byron.
n 1: a unit of instruction; "he took driving lessons"
2: punishment intended as a warning to others; "they decided to
make an example of him" [syn: example, deterrent
example, object lesson]
3: the significance of a story or event; "the moral of the
story is to love thy neighbor" [syn: moral]
4: a task assigned for individual study; "he did the lesson for