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Friday, July 23

Ensconce

[en-SKANS]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Unknown place of origin, late 16th century

1.

Establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe, or secret place.

Examples of Ensconce in a sentence

"The top government officials were safely ensconced in a windowless office."

"Barbara ensconced herself in the world of academia."

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About Ensconce

While the origin of this word is unknown, the etymology suggests it comes from either the Dutch “schans,” meaning “earthwork,” or the Middle High German “schanze,” meaning “bundle of sticks.”

Did you Know?

“Sconce'' and “ensconce” are easy to mix up. Remember, ensconce is a verb, while sconce is a noun. Most people think of a decorative light fixture as a “sconce,” but it also has an archaic definition as a fort made of earthen materials.

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