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.

1580–90; en-1 + sconce2

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ensconce (ɪnˈskɒns)
1.  to establish or settle firmly or comfortably: ensconced in a chair
2.  to place in safety; hide
[C16: see en-1, sconce²]

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Word Origin & History

1580s, "to cover with a fort," from en- "make, put in" + sconce "small fortification, shelter," probably from Du. schans "earthwork." Related: Ensconced.
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Example sentences
Armed barbarians guard the wire fences that ensconce the town, while the residents must contend with abusive draconian laws.
Ensconce yourself in traditional moral practice, but champion piecemeal modernization.
The brownstones that ensconce them are richly red with streaks of city soot.
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