from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To settle (oneself) securely or comfortably: She ensconced herself in an armchair.
  • transitive v. To place or conceal in a secure place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To place in a secure environment.
  • v. To settle comfortably.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cover or shelter, as with a sconce or fort; to place or hide securely; to conceal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover or shelter as with a sconce or fort; protect; hide securely; give shelter or security to.
  • Hence To fix firmly or snugly; settle; lodge: as, he ensconced himself in his comfortable arm-chair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fix firmly


en-1 + sconce1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From en- +‎ sconce, “to enter a sconce ("fortification")”. (Wiktionary)



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