Definition of ensconce in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈskɒns/
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈskɒns/


[with object and adverbial of place]
Establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe place: Agnes ensconced herself in their bedroom
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, establish, park, shut, plant, lodge, position, seat, entrench, shelter, screen;
nestle, curl up, snuggle up
informal dig in


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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: en|sconce

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