ensconce

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From en- +‎ sconce, “to place in a sconce (fortification)”.

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ensconce (third-person singular simple present ensconces, present participle ensconcing, simple past and past participle ensconced)

  1. (transitive) To place in a secure environment.
    • 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, ch IX,
      They found the sharp new heap they were seeking, and ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms that grew in a bunch within a few feet of the grave.
  2. (intransitive) To settle comfortably.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 1
      [] Major was already ensconced on his bed of straw, under a lantern which hung from a beam.

Usage notes[edit]

Particularly used in form ensconced, as in “she was ensconced in an armchair.”

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