maquiladora

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noun ma·qui·la·do·ra \mə-ˌkē-lə-ˈdȯr-ə, -ˈthȯr-\

Definition of maquiladora

  1. :  a foreign-owned factory in Mexico at which imported parts are assembled by lower-paid workers into products for export

Origin and Etymology 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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