sconce


1sconce

noun \ˈskän(t)s\

Definition of SCONCE

1
:  a bracket candlestick or group of candlesticks; also :  an electric light fixture patterned on a candle sconce
2
:  head, skull

Origin of SCONCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French sconce, *esconse screened candle or lantern, from escunser to hide, obscure, from Old French escons, past participle of escondre to hide, from Vulgar Latin *excondere, alteration of Latin abscondere — more at abscond
First Known Use: 15th century

2sconce

noun

Definition of SCONCE

:  a detached defensive work

Origin of SCONCE

Dutch schans, from German Schanze
First Known Use: 1571

Rhymes with SCONCE

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