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[en-skons] /ɛnˈskɒns/

verb (used with object), ensconced, ensconcing.
to settle securely or snugly:
I found her in the library, ensconced in an armchair.
to cover or shelter; hide securely:
He ensconced himself in the closet in order to eavesdrop.
verb (transitive; often passive)
to establish or settle firmly or comfortably: ensconced in a chair
to place in safety; hide

1580s, “to cover with a fort,” from en- (1) “make, put in” + sconce “small fortification, shelter,” perhaps via French, probably from Dutch schans “earthwork” (cf. Middle High German schanze “bundle of sticks”), of uncertain origin. Related: Ensconced.


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