- 1A candle holder, or a holder of another light source, that is attached to a wall with an ornamental bracket.More example sentences
- Pillar candles in wall sconces faintly illuminate the small dining room, which is dark by day and night.
- In the wide corridor, the candles guttered in the sconces on the wall.
- Black candles flickered in sconces on the walls and by the trencher.
- 2A flaming torch or candle secured in a holder that is attached to a wall.More example sentences
- My house on Whidbey Island, Washington, is almost exclusively lighted by wall sconces.
- When they reached the spot beyond the visible candlelight from the entry, wall sconces lit as they reached them.
- It was dark, save for the sconces that lined the walls, but many of those had burned out, giving even further evidence that the wee hours of the morning were nigh.
late Middle English (originally denoting a portable lantern with a screen to protect the flame): shortening of Old French esconse 'lantern', or from medieval Latin sconsa, from Latin absconsa (laterna) 'dark (lantern)', literally 'hidden (lantern)' (i.e., a lantern with a device for concealing the light), from abscondere 'to hide'.
late Middle English: from Dutch schans 'brushwood', from Middle High German schanze. The earliest recorded sense 'screen, interior partition' derives perhaps from sconce1; the later senses date from the late 16th century.