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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something to be learned: lessons from observing nature.
  • n. A period of instruction; a class.
  • n. An assignment or exercise in which something is to be learned.
  • n. The act or an instance of instructing; teaching.
  • n. An experience, example, or observation that imparts beneficial new knowledge or wisdom.
  • n. The knowledge or wisdom so acquired.
  • n. A rebuke or reprimand.
  • n. A reading from the Bible or other sacred text as part of a religious service.
  • transitive v. To teach a lesson to; instruct.
  • transitive v. To rebuke or reprimand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A section of learning or teaching into which a wider learning content is divided.
  • n. A learning task assigned to a student; homework.
  • n. Something learned or to be learned.
  • n. Something that serves as a warning or encouragement.
  • n. A section of the Bible or other religious text read as part of a divine service.
  • v. To give a lesson to; to teach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. That which is learned or taught by an express effort; instruction derived from precept, experience, observation, or deduction; a precept; a doctrine.
  • n. A portion of Scripture read in divine service for instruction.
  • n. A severe lecture; reproof; rebuke; warning.
  • n. An exercise; a composition serving an educational purpose; a study.
  • transitive v. To teach; to instruct.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give a lesson or lessons to; teach; instruct; prompt.
  • n. A reading; a part of a book or writing read (originally aloud) at one time for information or instruction.
  • n. Specifically A portion of Scripture or other sacred writing appointed to be read during divine service.
  • n. Something to be learned at one time; a task assigned for study and recitation; a division of a text-book, or a particular portion of knowledge of any kind, constituting a single exercise for a pupil.
  • n. Instruction conveyed to a pupil at a set time: as, to give lessons in drawing or music.
  • n. Something learned, or that may be learned; a special piece of knowledge gained or imparted; an inculcation serving for guidance or for warning.
  • n. Severe admonition; reproof; rebuke.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the significance of a story or event
  • n. punishment intended as a warning to others
  • n. a unit of instruction
  • n. a task assigned for individual study

Etymologies

Middle English lessoun, from Old French leson, from Latin lēctiō, lēctiōn-, a reading, from lēctus, past participle of legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French leçon, from Latin lēctiō ("a reading"), from legō ("I read, I gather"). (Wiktionary)

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