Definition of ensconce in US English:

ensconce

verb

  • with object and adverbial of place Establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe, or secret place.

    ‘Agnes ensconced herself in their bedroom’
    ‘spectators who were once comfortably ensconced in the old stadium's box seats’
    • ‘They are ensconced in their old room in the castle when she comes to call.’
    • ‘I have a big project which I can't undertake until we're ensconced in somewhere stable.’
    • ‘His pre-tournament preparation had included ensconcing himself in a Buddhist monastery for a week.’
    • ‘I intend to ensconce myself in a nice hotel looking out on Central Park on Saturday and Sunday.’
    • ‘A single mother and her daughter are happily ensconced on a Greek island, preparing for the daughter's wedding.’
    • ‘I was ensconced on the sofa reading the paper when its shrill beeping tone drifted down the stairs.’
    • ‘She is ensconced in the embrace of a plump white sofa for our interview, and adopts a relaxed demeanour which hides any visible trace of nerves.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, all the other people are ensconced in their homes, rationing out the milk and bread.’
    • ‘Edward was a year old then, and we were happily ensconced on the south coast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was happily ensconced in a massage chair, playing with the controls and thoroughly enjoying her pampering.’
    • ‘He is currently ensconced in a bungalow in the town of Calabar in Cross River State.’
    • ‘However, once inside, they will be comfortably ensconced in well designed seats.’
    • ‘It has just ended in divorce, but both their sons are happily ensconced at their Grammar School.’
    • ‘Ken is conveniently ensconced in his very own bachelor pad.’
    • ‘Or maybe you're happily ensconced in a warm and loving relationship?’
    • ‘She collected me from the airport and I was soon ensconced in a comfortable bungalow.’
    • ‘By lunch time we were ensconced in the local pub where another surprise met me.’
    • ‘Come Saturday, we were ensconced in our New York hotel when we spied delightful snowflakes.’
    settle, install, establish, park, shut, plant, lodge, position, seat, entrench, shelter, screen
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the senses ‘fortify’ and ‘shelter within or behind a fortification’; formerly also as insconce): from en-, in- ‘in’ + sconce.

Pronunciation

ensconce

/ənˈskɑns//ənˈskäns/