Definition of sconce:

part of speech: noun

A bulwark: a small fort: a protective headpiece, hence the head, the skull.

part of speech: noun

Candlestick with reflector behind; skull; small fort.

part of speech: noun

The part of a candlestick for the candle: a hanging candlestick with a mirror to reflect the light.

part of speech: noun

A small fort; protection; shelter; an ornamental bracket, fastened to a wall, holding one or more candlesticks; colloquially, the head.

part of speech: verb

To shelter; to settle cosily; to protect.

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