Definition of espial in English:


Line breaks: es¦pial
Pronunciation: /ɪˈspʌɪ(ə)l
, ɛ-/


[mass noun] archaic
  • The action of watching or catching sight of something or someone: he withdrew from his point of espial
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    • Presently he moved forward, and, with head still bent, approached the lower end of the garden, where, in a wall higher than that over which Goldthorpe made his espial, there was a wooden door.
    • Among the crowd entering the exhibition he could easily keep her in sight without risk of his espial being detected.


late Middle English (in the sense 'spying'): from Old French espiaille, from espier 'espy'.

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