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 Anza set about finding sites for the two indispensable institutions of Spanish colonial settlement: the presidio, or fort, and the mission. Gary Kamiya,, "Mission Dolores’ dark legacy for Indians: From salvation to subjugation and death," 1 Nov. 2019 Presidio Park contains remnants of the Spanish presidio from 1769. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Old Town: From the presidio to the par 3, mark where California began," 30 June 2019 Spain’s king and queen wrapped up a two-day San Antonio visit Monday, departing for Washington with their own impressions of a city that evolved from a Spanish colonial mission and presidio founded 300 years ago. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Spanish royalty conclude “heartwarming” San Antonio visit," 18 June 2018 The royal couple were visiting San Antonio as part of the city’s celebrations related to the 300th anniversary of Spain’s founding of a colonial mission and presidio where the city is now. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "While offshore wind gets developed, Texas will likely stay onshore," 22 June 2018 There, in the building constructed out of restored remnants of a presidio that once protected a nearby mission, the couple was presented with a tricentennial plaque. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The King and Queen of Spain’s Whirlwind U.S. Tour Included These Southern Cities," 18 June 2018 The founding of the original site of the Mission San Antonio de Valero, on May 1, 1718, was followed four days later by the founding of the presidio in the name of King Philip V, or Felipe V, founder of the Bourbon dynasty in Spain. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Spanish royals’ itinerary in San Antonio: history, art and, of course, food," 15 June 2018 But the viceroy was the one who decided in the decree that the Canary Islanders and the soldiers of the presidio would take their water from San Pedro Creek. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "“Day of Reflection” marks San Antonio’s Tricentennial," 1 May 2018 The original Mission San Antonio de Valero was founded on May 1, 1718, and establishment of a local presidio and villa followed four days later. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "What a federal shutdown could mean for San Antonio’s missions," 17 Jan. 2018

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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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“Presidio.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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