a fortified place or military post, esp. in the SW U.S.
Origin of presidioSpanish ; from Classical Latin praesidium, garrison ; from praeses, guard ; from praesidere: see preside
A garrison, especially a fortress of the kind established in the southwest United States by the Spanish to protect their holdings and missions.
Origin of presidioSpanish, from Latin praesidium, guard, defense, from praesid&emacron;re, to guard; see preside.
- A garrisoned place, especially one that is or was, at one time, under Spanish control.