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 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,, "Grassini: Choose a tasting flight or wine by the glass in Santa Barbara," 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, "San Antonio’s ‘birthday week’ begins Tuesday," 30 Apr. 2018 The presidio’s purpose was to defend the settlement. Gary Kamiya,, "Mission Dolores’ dark legacy for Indians: From salvation to subjugation and death," 1 Nov. 2019 The founding on San Pedro Creek of the original site of Mission San Antonio de Valero on May 1, 1718, followed by the founding of a nearby presidio, has been recognized as the origins of the Spanish village that became San Antonio. Scott Huddleston,, "San Antonio’s grande dame, the ‘Queen of the Missions’ celebrating its tricentennial," 20 Feb. 2020 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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