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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: sconce 'small strong building for defense' (16-19 centuries), from Dutch schans

ensconce

verb
     
en‧sconce [transitive usually passive]
to settle yourself in a place where you feel comfortable and safe
ensconce in/at/on etc
Nick was comfortably ensconced in front of the TV set.
ensconce yourself
Agnes had ensconced herself in the best bedroom.

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