presidio

noun

pre·​si·​dio pri-ˈsē-dē-ˌō How to pronounce presidio (audio)
-ˈsi-,
-ˈzē-,
-ˈzi- How to pronounce presidio (audio)
plural presidios
: a garrisoned place
especially : a military post or fortified settlement in areas currently or originally under Spanish control

Examples of presidio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The slow-growing trees are increasingly hard to find in the wild because of development, and at least two varieties have been listed as endangered in California, presidio manzanita (Arctostaphylos montana ssp. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Presidio Park contains remnants of the Spanish presidio from 1769. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2023 In the heart of historic Santa Barbara, between where the Spanish built the original presidio and today’s City Hall, sits El Paseo, which is considered California’s first outdoor mall. Matt Kettmann, SFChronicle.com, 30 July 2019 González taught Chicano theater at Santa Barbara College and used that position to stage plays in the city’s historic presidio centered on the Virgin of Guadalupe and pastorelas, the Nativity pantomimes staged in Mexico and the American Southwest for centuries. Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 His mother was an artist whose great-grandfather had served the Spanish and Mexican governments as head of the Santa Barbara presidio, and his father was an engineer who raced cars, flew planes and surfed in Hawaii with Duke Kahanamoku. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 His mother was an artist whose great-grandfather had served the Spanish and Mexican governments as head of the Santa Barbara presidio, and his father was an engineer who raced cars, flew planes, and surfed in Hawaii with Duke Kahanamoku. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2022 Made with durable presidio leather, this slightly rugged, highly-stylish bag looks just as good as other leather briefcases worth thousands more. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 21 Apr. 2022 The first section of the linear park opened in 2018 for the 300th anniversary of founding the first mission and presidio. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Jan. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Spanish, from Latin praesidium

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of presidio was in 1763

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Cite this Entry

“Presidio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/presidio. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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