Les"son (?), n. [OE. lessoun, F. leon lesson, reading, fr. L. lectio a reading, fr. legere to read, collect. See Legend, and cf. Lection.]


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.


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.


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


A severe lecture; reproof; rebuke; warning.

She would give her a lesson for walking so late. Sir. P. Sidney.


(Mus.) An exercise; a composition serving an educational purpose; a study.


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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.


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