From en- + sconce, “to place in a sconce (“fortification”)”.
ensconce (third-person singular simple present ensconces, present participle ensconcing, simple past and past participle ensconced)
- (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.
- (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.
Particularly used in form ensconced, as in “she was ensconced in an armchair.”
to place in a secure environment