Definition of maquiladora
: a foreign-owned factory in Mexico at which imported parts are assembled by lower-paid workers into products for export
Origin of maquiladora
Mexican Spanish (planta, empresa) maquiladora, from maquilar to process (material) for a fee, from maquila processing fee, multure, from Spanish, multure, from Arabic dialect makīla measure of grain
First Known Use: 1976
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