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ensconce Syllabification: en·sconce
Pronunciation: /ənˈskäns/

Definition of ensconce in English:


[with object]
Establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe, or secret place: Agnes ensconced herself in their bedroom spectators who were once comfortably ensconced in the old stadium’s box seats
More example sentences
  • She collected me from the airport and I was soon ensconced in a comfortable bungalow.
  • Soon the baby is ensconced in a booster seat.
  • She raced to the elevators, only to heave a sigh of relief once she was ensconced safely inside.
settle, install, plant, position, seat, sit;
establish, nestle;
hide away, tuck away
informal park, plonk


Late 16th century (in the senses 'fortify' and 'shelter within or behind a fortification'; formerly also as insconce): from en-1, in-2 'in' + sconce2.

Words that rhyme with ensconce

bonce, nonce, ponce, response, sconce
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