Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.more
a French/English/maths/history lesson
I'd like to talk to you at the end of the lesson.
Jo's father found out that she'd been skipping lessons.
One of the most important lessons in life is the value of friendship.
the lessons of war/history/experience
I needed a lesson in humility and I got it.
The second goal was a lesson in how not to defend a free kick.
I hope you've learnt a lesson from this, young man!
People get into debt at such a young age that they have learnt their lesson by the time they're 23.
That girl needs teaching a lesson.
Let that be a lesson to you not to play with matches!
This is the British English definition of lesson. View American English definition of lesson.
a curved area at one end of a church
A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.global English and language change from our blog