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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
1580-90; en-1 + sconce2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ensconced
  • She was now the mother of nine-year-old twin girls, so ensconced in her adopted city that she had a lilting British accent.
  • She ensconced herself in an armchair.
  • The cake is now ensconced on its throne and fully decorated.
  • Both seem happily ensconced, accepted by their colleagues and their neighbors.
  • I'm now safely ensconced back on my urban sofa after a trip to rural Suffolk.
  • Amazing is so ensconced in our language that it is not amazing at all.
  • For a long time, that model was king, ensconced in countless high school textbooks.
  • Therefore, there can be no expertise in innovation unless there is also expertise in demolishing the ensconced.
  • He's clad in a loose shirt and jeans, ensconced in an easy chair in the family's comfortable, cluttered family room.
  • ensconced securely inside, he silently sets himself up as the ship's alternate commander.
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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