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 praesidēre to guard ; see preside .
- A garrisoned place, especially one that is or was, at one time, under Spanish control.