Sconce Definition

skŏns
sconced, sconces, sconcing
noun
A small fort, bulwark, etc.
Webster's New World
A bracket attached to a wall for holding a candle, candles, or the like.
Webster's New World
A flattened candlestick that has a handle.
American Heritage
A hut, shed, or other shelter.
Webster's New World
A helmet or the like.
Webster's New World
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verb

To provide with a sconce.

Webster's New World
To shelter or protect.
Webster's New World
To fine; esp., at Oxford University, to fine lightly for a breach of manners.
Webster's New World

(obsolete) To impose a fine, a forfeit, or a mulct.

Wiktionary
(obsolete) To shut within a sconce; to imprison.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Sconce

Noun

Singular:
sconce
Plural:
sconces

Origin of Sconce

  • Middle English from Old French esconse lantern, hiding place from Medieval Latin scōnsa from Latin abscōnsa feminine past participle of abscondere to hide away ab-, abs- away ab–1 condere to preserve dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French esconce (“lantern"), from Latin absconsus (“hidden"), perfect passive participle of abscondō (“hide"). Cognate with abscond.

    From Wiktionary

  • Dutch schans from German Schanze from Middle High German

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle Dutch schans, cognate with German Schanze.

    From Wiktionary

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