- to settle securely or snugly: I found her in the library, ensconced in an armchair.
- to cover or shelter; hide securely: He ensconced himself in the closet in order to eavesdrop.
Origin of ensconce
Examples from the Web for ensconce
Let us ensconce ourselves in the vestibule of the sanctuary; he will be here anon.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
But with apparent obedience she went out—only, however, to ensconce herself immediately behind the door.Lochinvar
S. R. Crockett
He had been driven to ensconce the nest in a corner of his already too well-filled den.Tom Brown's School Days
Amazingly, incredibly to him, this grown woman appeared about to ensconce herself.Aurora the Magnificent
It struck him at once that it would be a good plan to climb into this, and ensconce himself among the branches.Through Apache Lands
R. H. Jayne
- to establish or settle firmly or comfortablyensconced in a chair
- to place in safety; hide
Word Origin and History for ensconce
1580s, "to cover with a fort," from en- (1) "make, put in" + sconce "small fortification, shelter," perhaps via French, probably from Dutch schans "earthwork" (cf. Middle High German schanze "bundle of sticks"), of uncertain origin. Related: Ensconced.