sight word

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sight word (plural sight words)

  1. (education) A word that a learner recognizes, or is expected to recognize, on sight.
    Our program will teach your child 200 sight words.
    • 2000, Nancy C. Lewkowicz, “On the Question of Teaching Decoding Skills to Older Students”, in Struggling Adolescent Readers, →ISBN, page 191:
      Aside from the handful of words directly taught by teachers, every sight word was once not a sight word; at least once its identity had to be figured out through some combination of decoding and context skills.