pre·​sid·​i·​al pri-ˈsi-dē-əl How to pronounce presidial (audio) -ˈzi- How to pronounce presidial (audio)
[French présidial, from Middle French, alteration of presidal, from Late Latin praesidalis of a provincial governor, from Latin praesid-, praeses] : provincial sense 1
: of, having, or constituting a garrison
: of or relating to a president

Word History


Late Latin praesidialis, from Latin praesidium garrison, from praesid-, praeses guard, governor, from praesidēre

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of presidial was in 1576

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“Presidial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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