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[pri-sid-ee-oh; Spanish pre-see-th yaw] /prɪˈsɪd iˌoʊ; Spanish prɛˈsi ðyɔ/
noun, plural presidios
[pri-sid-ee-ohz; Spanish pre-see-th yaws] /prɪˈsɪd iˌoʊz; Spanish prɛˈsi ðyɔs/ (Show IPA)
a garrisoned fort; military post.
a Spanish penal settlement.
Origin of presidio
1755-65, Americanism; < Spanish < Latin praesidium guard, garrison, post, literally, defense, protection. See presidium
Related forms
presidial, presidiary
[pri-sid-ee-er-ee] /prɪˈsɪd iˌɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for presidio
Historical Examples
  • She has contrived the escape of her rom, who was in the presidio at Tarifa.'

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • When he came to, he was lying in the guard-room of the presidio.

  • Captain Bunker ez has just landed a company of dragoons to relieve the presidio.

  • That went, and it had rested for a day at the presidio, waiting burial.

  • On the second day after the fiesta there was a small dining party at the presidio.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • He did not slacken his pace until he drew bridle in the saguan of the presidio.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • They have told him something, else why should he be off to the presidio so early?

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • I cannot learn whether you will be kept where you are all night, or be taken back to the presidio.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • Should you be taken to the presidio, you must endeavour to escape on the way, or there is no hope.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • At this hour he was at the presidio, feasting and making merry.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for presidio


/prɪˈsɪdɪˌəʊ; Spanish preˈsiðjo/
noun (pl) -sidios (-ˈsɪdɪˌəʊz; Spanish) (-ˈsiðjos)
a military post or establishment, esp in countries under Spanish control
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: garrison, from Latin praesidium a guard, protection; see preside
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Word Origin and History for presidio

1808, American English, from Spanish presidio "fort, settlement," from Latin praesidium "defense, protection," from praesidere "to sit before, protect" (see preside).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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