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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. An ornamental bracket for holding candles or lights.
2. The head or skull.
3. Sense or wit.
4. A small fort or defensive earthwork to defend a bridge, castle-gate, etc.
For 1: From Latin abscondere (to conceal). Earliest documented use: 1392.
For 2, 3: Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1567.
For 4: From Dutch schans (entrenchment). Earliest documented use: 1587.
"You'll want to snap photos of wish-list pieces like wall sconces, fireplace grilles, and sculptures."
Joanne Latimer; Montreal: Griffintown; Chatelaine (Toronto, Canada); May 2013.
"I shaved my head! My noggin, my sconce, my bean."
Gary J. Whitehead; Shaving Cream on My Pate Became Icing on the Cake; The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, Massachusetts); Aug 19, 2002.
See more usage examples of sconce in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl. -H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)