ensconce

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verb en·sconce \in-ˈskän(t)s\

Definition of ensconce

ensconced

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ensconcing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  shelter, conceal ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms — Mark Twain

  3. 2 :  establish, settle ensconced in a new job

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Examples of ensconce in a sentence

  1. The sculpture is safely ensconced behind glass.

  2. He ensconced himself in front of the television.

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

ensconce

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verb en·sconce \in-ˈskän(t)s\

Definition of ensconce for English Language Learners

  • : to firmly place or hide (someone or something)



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