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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
Either way, the invincible aura ensconcing UW’s starting pitcher evaporated in the third inning.
At the 12-week mark, Kvitova was cleared to take up a tennis racket slowly, and by the beginning of May she was ensconced at her Monte Carlo home and practicing on the clay courts.
The terrorist group and Iranian proxy is now ensconced in the Lebanese government.
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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.)
Origin and Etymology of ensconce
en- + 2sconce
First Known Use: 1594
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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