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sconce

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noun \ˈskän(t)s\

Definition of sconce

  1. 1 :  a bracket candlestick or group of candlesticks; also :  an electric light fixture patterned on a candle sconce

  2. 2 :  head, skull

Origin and Etymology of sconce

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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sconce

noun

Definition of sconce

  1. :  a detached defensive work

Origin and Etymology of sconce

Dutch schans, from German Schanze


First Known Use: 1571


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