[pri-sid-ee-oh; Spanish pre-see-th yaw]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for presidio
She has contrived the escape of her rom, who was in the presidio at Tarifa.'Carmen
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.Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror
On the second day after the fiesta there was a small dining party at the Presidio.The White Chief
- a military post or establishment, esp in countries under Spanish control
C19: from Spanish: garrison, from Latin praesidium a guard, protection; see preside
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