presidio

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

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

a garrisoned fort; military post.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM presidio

pre·sid·i·al, pre·sid·i·ar·y [pri-sid-ee-er-ee], /prɪˈsɪd iˌɛr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for presidio

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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