ma·​qui·​la·​do·​ra | \ mə-ˌkē-lə-ˈdȯr-ə How to pronounce maquiladora (audio) , -ˈt͟hȯr- \

Definition of maquiladora

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Exhibits that showcased developments in the maquiladora industry. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2022 The company, in business since 1938, says it is positioned to facilitate trade with Tijuana’s growing maquiladora industry. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2021 Many maquiladora companies bused employees to vaccination points. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2021 Normally, more than 400,000 people are employed directly and indirectly through maquiladoras. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 19 Apr. 2020 Workers manufacture car dash covers at a maquiladora owned by the TECMA group in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in 2013. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2020 The vast workforce of more than 250,000 people laboring in the maquiladora factories remained active last week, though furloughs are planned. Dallas News, 28 Mar. 2020 For starters, call center jobs pay more than construction or maquiladora work. Gustavo Solis, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2019 Distilleries called maquiladoras — some of which produce award-winning tequilas — produce tequilas for brand owners, says Morales. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, 19 Oct. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of maquiladora

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Maquiladora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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