[ pri-sid-ee-oh; Spanish pre-see-thyaw ]
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noun,plural pre·sid·i·os [pri-sid-ee-ohz; Spanish pre-see-thyaws]. /prɪˈsɪd iˌoʊz; Spanish prɛˈsi ðyɔs/.
  1. a garrisoned fort; military post.

  2. a Spanish penal settlement.

Origin of presidio

1755–65, Americanism;<Spanish <Latin praesidium guard, garrison, post, literally, defense, protection. See presidium

Other words from presidio

  • pre·sid·i·al, pre·sid·i·ar·y [pri-sid-ee-er-ee], /prɪˈsɪd iˌɛr i/, adjective

Words Nearby presidio Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use presidio in a sentence

  • Mounted orderlies were dashing at breakneck speed between the presidio and the city.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • A Citizens' Patrol had been formed to protect the still unburned districts, each man provided with arms at the presidio.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • A fort was erected where the present presidio stands, and later a battery of cannon was placed at Black Point.

    Stories of California | Ella M. Sexton
  • Carmen has wheedled the surgeon of the presidio to such good purpose that she has managed to get her rom out of prison.

    Carmen | Prosper Merimee
  • The result is best shown by medical reports from the Fifteenth Infantry, lately stationed at the presidio.

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British Dictionary definitions for presidio


/ (prɪˈsɪdɪˌəʊ, Spanish preˈsiðjo) /

nounplural -sidios (-ˈsɪdɪˌəʊz, Spanish -ˈsiðjos)
  1. a military post or establishment, esp in countries under Spanish control

Origin of presidio

C19: from Spanish: garrison, from Latin praesidium a guard, protection; see preside

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