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
For less than the price of renting out their Washington, D.C., townhouse for a year, they are ensconced in a five-bedroom villa overlooking the Pacific in Nosara, a surfing and yoga mecca.
Katharina tells no one else in the house; Hirsch spends the night, and most of the next day, safely ensconced inside the refuge.
At the same time, however, the Magic were woefully undermanned at point guard, where Elfrid Payton was ensconced as the starter.
Putin's popularity The election that will ordain Putin is a relatively new innovation in the history of Russia, where dynasties, revolutions and politburos traditionally ensconced the leader.
The radical nature of these 50-year-old shows might be difficult to see today, when Postminimal and Conceptual art are firmly ensconced in the cultural pantheon.
Trump sent the messages from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., where he was ensconced for two days.
Inside Sri Trat, Frank Sinatra croons while bartenders in vests pour sly Thai cocktails like the O-Liang (Scotch, port wine, Thai coffee and amaro) for guests ensconced on tufted leather stools.
Zuckerberg has ensconced himself as Facebook’s absolute ruler in perpetuity, and his company is likely to be a potent force in global media, politics, and communication for years to come.
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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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