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[pri-sid-ee-oh; Spanish pre-see-th yaw]
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noun, plural pre·sid·i·os [pri-sid-ee-ohz; Spanish pre-see-th yaws] /prɪˈsɪd iˌoʊz; Spanish prɛˈsi ðyɔs/.
  1. a garrisoned fort; military post.
  2. a Spanish penal settlement.
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Origin of presidio

1755–65, Americanism; < Spanish < Latin praesidium guard, garrison, post, literally, defense, protection. See presidium
Related formspre·sid·i·al, pre·sid·i·ar·y [pri-sid-ee-er-ee] /prɪˈsɪd iˌɛr i/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • She has contrived the escape of her rom, who was in the presidio at Tarifa.'


    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

British Dictionary definitions for presidio


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