[pri-sid-ee-oh; Spanish pre-see-thyaw]
noun, plural presidios [pri-sid-ee-ohz; Spanish pre-see-thyaws] .
a garrisoned fort; military post.
a Spanish penal settlement.

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

presidial, presidiary [pri-sid-ee-er-ee] , adjective Unabridged
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presidio (prɪˈsɪdɪˌəʊ, Spanish preˈsiðjo)
n , pl -sidios
a military post or establishment, esp in countries under Spanish control
[C19: from Spanish: garrison, from Latin praesidium a guard, protection; see preside]

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Word Origin & History

1808, Amer.Eng., from Sp., "fort, settlement," from L. præsidium, from præsidere "to sit before, protect" (see preside).
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Example sentences
The presidio served as a place of protection for settlers, defended the missions and served as the seat of government.
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