[ pri-sid-ee-oh; Spanish pre-see-th yaw ]
/ prɪˈsɪd iˌoʊ; Spanish prɛˈsi ðyɔ /

noun, plural pre·sid·i·os [pri-sid-ee-ohz; Spanish pre-see-th yaws] /prɪˈsɪd iˌoʊz; Spanish prɛˈsi ðyɔs/.

a garrisoned fort; military post.
a Spanish penal settlement.

Nearby words

  1. presidential suite,
  2. presidentially,
  3. presidents' day,
  4. presidentship,
  5. presidiary,
  6. presidium,
  7. presignify,
  8. presinter,
  9. presley,
  10. presley, elvis

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for presidio


/ (prɪˈsɪdɪˌəʊ, Spanish preˈsiðjo) /

noun plural -sidios (-ˈsɪdɪˌəʊz, Spanish -ˈsiðjos)

a military post or establishment, esp in countries under Spanish control

Word Origin for presidio

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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