bra·​ce·​ro | \ brä-ˈser-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce bracero (audio) , -ˈse-(ˌ)rō \
plural braceros

Definition of bracero

: a Mexican laborer admitted to the U.S. especially for seasonal contract labor in agriculture

Examples of bracero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the case of Los Angeles chef Ricardo Diaz, the carnitas taco from his new taqueria in Whittier contains a family history and journey that began with his grandfather honing the recipe while working as a bracero in Montana and Idaho. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Oak View is very different from when his father arrived in the 1950s to work as a bracero. Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2020 Los Angeles Times In Migrant’s Bend Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, a new statue honors braceros, the Mexican nationals who temporarily migrated to the U.S. to help fill labor shortages during and after World War II. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2019 The 85-year-old first came to the United States as a bracero working in California's tomato fields decades ago. Jaqueline Hurtado And Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 29 Sep. 2019 Filberto was brought to the U.S. legally by his father, who was part of the bracero Mexican labor program. Peter Martinez, CBS News, 28 Oct. 2019 My father was a bracero, and obtained legal status here. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2019 When most American farmers left for World War II, the bracero program brought in Mexican migrant workers to fill the farming gap. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 6 Aug. 2019 Chavez famously fought to end the bracero program that brought millions of Mexican temporary laborers north in the decades after World War II, depressing wages for the largely immigrant workforce already north of the border. Geoffrey Mohan,, 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of bracero

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bracero

Spanish, laborer, from brazo arm, from Latin bracchium

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23 May 2021

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“Bracero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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