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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),
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/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).

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