Definition of "sconce" [sconce]

  • A small defensive earthwork or fort. (noun)
  • A decorative wall bracket for holding candles or lights. (noun)
  • A flattened candlestick that has a handle. (noun)
  • Slang The human head or skull. (noun)
  • A bracket fixed to a wall for holding candles or lights (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A flat candlestick with a handle (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "sconce" in a sentence
  • "She fidgeted and her eyes joined Steph's on the sconce."
  • "She spotted the source of the smell in a sconce hanging halfway up the wall in the hallway across from the couches."
  • "Her eyes were still on the sconce and she appeared to be talking to herself."