ensconce

verb
en·​sconce | \ in-ˈskän(t)s How to pronounce ensconce (audio) \
ensconced; ensconcing

Definition of ensconce

transitive verb

1 : shelter, conceal ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms— Mark Twain
2 : establish, settle ensconced in a new job

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Synonyms for ensconce

Synonyms

install, lodge, nestle, perch, roost, settle

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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.)

Examples of ensconce in a Sentence

The sculpture is safely ensconced behind glass. He ensconced himself in front of the television.

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Nissan sought help from METI but in doing so unwittingly opened the door for the government ministry to ensconce itself in the deliberations, according to the person familiar with them. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Nissan Enlisted Japanese Government to Fend Off Renault Merger," 15 Feb. 2019 Lloyd Webber's latest, School of Rock, ensconced back at the Winter Garden, relies more on storytelling than spectacle. Jesse Oxfeld, Town & Country, "How Cats Set the Stage for the Modern Mega-Musical," 1 Aug. 2016 Now that Huguette was ensconced at the hospital, her three apartments at 907 Fifth Avenue were receiving a steady stream of curious visitors. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014 Meanwhile, Uranus’s entire polar region is currently ensconced in white, like a cockeyed celestial skullcap. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Hubble Observes Ice Giant Vortexes and Polar Storms on Neptune and Uranus," 9 Feb. 2019 On Memorial Day morning, Dr. Victor Cha was not, as many had expected last year, ensconced in the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. Joseph Hincks / Seoul, Time, "'We’re Reaching the Climax of This Issue.' Korea Expert Victor Cha on the Prospects of Peace on the Peninsula," 30 May 2018 Now, Zuckerberg was ensconced in a massive building with a garden on the roof, part of an even larger campus that sprawled all over and was still growing. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Zuckerberg: The Recode interview," 18 July 2018 But the reader soon becomes ensconced not only in the detective book but in the editor’s own mystery as well. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Actors and Entertainers," 10 Dec. 2018 The big, rounded headboard and footboard, plus the way the bed's pushed into the corner against the wall, give me a similar feeling of structure, of being ensconced, like crawling into a shoe box. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Inside Fashion Designer Michael Bastian's Small, Cozy Bedroom," 17 July 2013

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First Known Use of ensconce

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ensconce

en- + sconce entry 2

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ensconce

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English Language Learners Definition of ensconce

: to firmly place or hide (someone or something)

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