lesson

When a story has something to teach its reader, it has a lesson. The lessons of many folktales range from "always tell the truth" to "be brave" to "find a prince."

There are different kinds of lessons, but they're all meant to teach someone how to do something or some new information. In a French lesson, a teacher teaches you the French language, and in a sewing lesson, you'll learn how to make something using fabric and a sewing machine. A typical day at school is one lesson after another. Originally, lesson had two meanings: "something learned by a student" and "a reading aloud from the Bible."

Definitions of lesson
  1. noun
    the significance of a story or event
    synonyms: moral
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    import, meaning, significance, signification
    the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  2. noun
    a unit of instruction
    “he took driving lessons
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    language lesson
    a period of instruction learning a language
    dance lesson
    a lesson in dancing
    music lesson
    a lesson in performing music
    tennis lesson
    a lesson in playing tennis
    golf lesson
    a lesson in playing golf
    French lesson
    instruction in the French language
    German lesson
    instruction in the German language
    Hebrew lesson
    instruction in the Hebrew language
    piano lesson
    a lesson in playing the piano
    violin lesson
    a less in playing the violin
    type of:
    instruction, pedagogy, teaching
    the profession of a teacher
  3. noun
    a task assigned for individual study
    “he did the lesson for today”
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    types:
    example, exercise
    a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding
    reading assignment
    the reading of a passage assigned by the teacher
    history lesson
    a lesson in the facts of history
    type of:
    school assignment, schoolwork
    a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
  4. noun
    punishment intended as a warning to others
    synonyms: deterrent example, example, object lesson
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    type of:
    admonition, monition, warning, word of advice
    cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness)
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