- 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
Related Words for ensconcedsituate, stash, locate, plant, set, shield, conceal, establish, fix, cache, cover, protect, seat, nestle, settle, place, install, shelter, station, ditch
Examples from the Web for ensconced
Contemporary Examples of ensconced
Legendary country radio DJ and songwriter Gerry House has been ensconced in the Nashville scene since 1975.Is Gay Singer Steve Grand Really Country Music’s Frank Ocean?
March 25, 2014
In short, Myriad isolated the BRCA genes—snipped them out of the longer DNA chain in which they were ensconced.The Supremes Get It Right, Naturally.
June 14, 2013
But that place is outside the Knesset or Congress, pressing in, not ensconced and privileged and from the inside.Religion And State In Ruth Calderon's Knesset Speech
February 15, 2013
Does that mean, once ensconced at the Pentagon, he'll not privately counsel Obama with these observations in mind?Did Chuck Hagel Cave?
January 16, 2013
He is now ensconced at Christian Dior, where he has already debuted his couture collection.Jil Sander’s Quiet Return
September 22, 2012
Historical Examples of ensconced
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
Molly, ensconced in a window, was already busy with her own.The Long Roll
Juve had ensconced himself in a huge easy chair in a corner of the room.Fantmas
Roger was up, though still coughing, and ensconced in his study.Roger Ingleton, Minor
Talbot Baines Reed
- to establish or settle firmly or comfortablyensconced in a chair
- to place in safety; hide
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.