Etymology
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sconce (n.)

late 14c., "candlestick with a screen," a shortening of Old French esconse "lantern, hiding place," from Medieval Latin sconsa, from Latin absconsa, fem. past participle of abscondere "to hide" (see abscond). Meaning "metal bracket-candlestick fastened to a wall" is recorded from mid-15c.

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Definitions of sconce

sconce (n.)
a shelter or screen providing protection from enemy fire or from the weather;
sconce (n.)
a small fort or earthwork defending a ford, pass, or castle gate;
sconce (n.)
a candle or flaming torch secured in a sconce;
sconce (n.)
a decorative wall bracket for holding candles or other sources of light;
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