ensconce was our Word of the Day on 09/29/2017. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of ensconce in a Sentence
The sculpture is safely ensconced behind glass.
He ensconced himself in front of the television.
Recent Examples of ensconce from the Web
Amaya was unavailable for a pregame interview because he was ensconced in a meeting to learn Yu Darvish’s array of pitches.
No longer a broke, self-destructive wreck, actor Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) is happily ensconced in her role as Soviet heel Zoya the Destroyer.
Police have now released about 1,000 calls to 911 connected with the shooting — along with witness statements, interviews with victims, traffic surveillance footage and body camera footage of police breaching the room where Paddock was ensconced.
By Yossi Klein Halevi Harper, 204 pages, $24.99 Whereas another witness might have emerged from the conflict embittered and fearful or ensconced on the far right, Mr. Halevi went in 1998 on a yearlong pilgrimage to study Islam.
They're happily ensconced in their homes with their families.
From start to finish, the condo sale took five weeks and they are happily ensconced in their new home in Hayward.
While Russia and Israel have hitherto been able to manage their differences there so far, Israel is becoming increasingly concerned as Iran, Russia's ally in Syria and Israel's main enemy, gets more firmly ensconced in Syria.
In the decades since they were formally ensconced in the minivan, cupholders have become ubiquitous.
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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.)
ENSCONCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ensconce for English Language Learners
: to firmly place or hide (someone or something)
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