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presidio Syllabification: pre·sid·i·o
Pronunciation: /priˈsidēˌō/ /-sēdē-/

Definition of presidio in English:

noun (plural presidios)

(In Spain and Spanish America) a fortified military settlement.
Example sentences
  • Serra also assisted in founding four presidios (military garrisons).
  • In 1752, the Spaniards built a presidio, or garrison, in nearby Tubac and encouraged settlers to join the soldiers, making it the first European settlement in Arizona.
  • One way to celebrate the anniversary is at a November 10 lecture and walking tour of the presidio and Tubac townsite.


Spanish, from Latin praesidium 'garrison'.

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