Definition of

Sconce

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

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Sconce

Hypernyms: bracket, earthwork, fort, fortress, light, light source, shelter, wall bracket

Origin of the word Sconce

  1. late 14c., "candlestick with a screen," aphetic of O.Fr. esconse "lantern, hiding place," from M.L. sconsa, from L. absconsa, fem. pp. of abscondere "to hide." Meaning "metal bracket-candlestick fastened to a wall" is recorded from mid-15c. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Note: If you're looking to improve your vocabulary right now, we highly recommend Ultimate Vocabulary Software.

Word of the Moment

Apteral

having columns at one or both ends but not along the sides