espial

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English espiaille, from Old French, from espier (to watch).

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  • IPA(key): /ɪˈspaɪ.əl/, /ɛˈspaɪ.əl/

Noun[edit]

espial (countable and uncountable, plural espials)

  1. Act of noticing or observing.
    • Byron
      screened from espial by the jutting cape
  2. The fact of noticing or observing; a discovery.
  3. (obsolete) A spy; a scout.
    • Holland
      Their espials [] brought word.

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