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.
  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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