Simple Definition of ensconce
: to firmly place or hide (someone or something)
Examples of ensconce in a sentence
The sculpture is safely ensconced behind glass.
He ensconced himself in front of the television.
Did You Know?
You might think of "sconce" as a type of candleholder or lamp, but the word can also refer to a defensive fortification, usually one made of earth. Originally, then, a person who was "ensconced" was enclosed in or concealed by such a structure, out of harm's way. The earliest writer to apply the verb "ensconce" with the general sense of "hide" was William Shakespeare. In The Merry Wives of Windsor, the character Falstaff, hoping to avoid detection when he is surprised during an amorous moment with Mrs. Ford, says "She shall not see me; I will ensconce me behind the arras." (An arras is a tapestry or wall hanging.)
Origin of ensconce
en- + 2sconce
First Known Use: 1594
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