sconce

noun (1)
\ ˈskän(t)s How to pronounce sconce (audio) \

Definition of sconce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a bracket candlestick or group of candlesticks also : an electric light fixture patterned on a candle sconce
2 : head, skull

sconce

noun (2)

Definition of sconce (Entry 2 of 2)

: a detached defensive work

First Known Use of sconce

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1571, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sconce

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French sconce, *esconse screened candle or lantern, from escunser to hide, obscure, from Old French escons, past participle of escondre to hide, from Vulgar Latin *excondere, alteration of Latin abscondere — more at abscond

Noun (2)

Dutch schans, from German Schanze

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“Sconce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sconce. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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