verb (used with object), en·sconced, en·sconc·ing.
- ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem,
- ensemble acting
Origin of ensconce
Examples from the Web for ensconce
If left on the floor, they afford the family dogs, who ensconce themselves therein, a convenient refuge from flies.The Manbos of Mindano|John M. Garvan
At the first sign of dawn the next morning they necessarily issue forth, but ensconce themselves in hiding until broad daylight.Four Arthurian Romances|Chretien DeTroyes
It is common for the ryot to dig a shallow pit, and ensconce himself inside with his matchlock beside him.Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier|James Inglis
He had been driven to ensconce the nest in a corner of his already too-well-filled den.Tom Brown's Schooldays|Thomas Hughes
Let us ensconce ourselves in the vestibule of the sanctuary; he will be here anon.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe|Edgar Allan Poe
verb (tr; often passive)
Word Origin 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.