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

n the significance of a story or event

Type of:
import, meaning, significance, signification
the message that is intended or expressed or signified

n 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

n a task assigned for individual study

“he did the lesson for today”
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

n punishment intended as a warning to others

deterrent example, example, object lesson
Type of:
admonition, monition, warning, word of advice
cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness)

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