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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A. Rosarito’s maquiladoras depend on trade with the U.S.
The borderlands were buzzing with factories known as maquiladoras — plants that assemble components for American manufacturing operations.
Maquiladoras in Ciudad Juarez were short about 30,000 workers in 2016, according to local business associations.
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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: 1976See Words from the same year
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