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[en-skons] /ɛnˈskɒns/
verb (used with object), ensconced, ensconcing.
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
First recorded in 1580-90; en-1 + sconce2 Unabridged
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  • He bestowed his companion in the tonneau and ensconced himself beside her.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Code found Elsa ensconced with a book under the awning amidships.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • Molly, ensconced in a window, was already busy with her own.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Juve had ensconced himself in a huge easy chair in a corner of the room.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • Roger was up, though still coughing, and ensconced in his study.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for ensconced


verb (transitive; often passive)
to establish or settle firmly or comfortably: ensconced in a chair
to place in safety; hide
Word Origin
C16: see en-1, sconce²
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Word Origin and History for ensconced



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.

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