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verb (used with object), en·sconced, en·sconc·ing.
  1. to settle securely or snugly: I found her in the library, ensconced in an armchair.
  2. to cover or shelter; hide securely: He ensconced himself in the closet in order to eavesdrop.
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Origin of ensconce

First recorded in 1580–90; en-1 + sconce2
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Related Words for ensconce

situate, stash, locate, plant, set, shield, conceal, establish, fix, cache, cover, protect, seat, nestle, settle, place, install, shelter, station, ditch

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Historical Examples of 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.


    S. R. Crockett

  • He had been driven to ensconce the nest in a corner of his already too well-filled den.

  • Amazingly, incredibly to him, this grown woman appeared about to ensconce herself.

  • It struck him at once that it would be a good plan to climb into this, and ensconce himself among the branches.

British Dictionary definitions for ensconce


verb (tr; often passive)
  1. to establish or settle firmly or comfortablyensconced in a chair
  2. to place in safety; hide
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Word Origin for ensconce

C16: see en- 1, sconce ²
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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.

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