ensconce

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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.
    • 2014 January 21, Hermione Hoby, “Julia Roberts interview for August: Osage County – 'I might actually go to hell for this ...': Julia Roberts reveals why her violent, Oscar-nominated performance in August: Osage County made her feel 'like a terrible person' [print version: 'I might actually go to hell for this ...' (18 January 2014, p. R4)]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1]:
      The film grossed $464 million worldwide, ensconcing her in the Hollywood A-list.
  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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