pre·​si·​dio | \ pri-ˈsē-dē-ˌō How to pronounce presidio (audio) , -ˈsi-, -ˈzē-, -ˈzi- How to pronounce presidio (audio) \
plural presidios

Definition of presidio

: 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 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 However, San Antonio was not founded until 1718, when its first mission and first presidio were established at San Pedro Springs. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Jan. 2022 The presidio, located at the San Pedro Springs, was founded in 1718 and named for Viceroy Balthasar Manuel de Zúñiga y Guzmán Sotomayor y Sarmiento, second son of the Duke of Béjar (a town in Spain). Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Jan. 2022 In 1731, San Antonio began to expand as 14 families of immigrants from the Canary Islands, another Spanish colony, arrived to assist with the missions, or religious outposts, and a presidio, or fort. Caroline Tien, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Oct. 2021 Farming and ranching there dates to Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza, who grazed livestock on the land during his time at the Tubac presidio, south of Tucson, in the latter half of the 18th century. Henry Brean, The Arizona Republic, 7 June 2021 In the heart of historic Santa Barbara, between where the Spanish colonists built the original presidio and today’s City Hall, sits El Paseo, which was considered California’s first shopping center when it was built in the 1920s. Matt Kettmann,, 22 June 2020 The nearby San Antonio de Béjar presidio and villa were founded four days later, May 5. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of presidio

1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for presidio

Spanish, from Latin praesidium

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29 Apr 2022

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“Presidio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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