ma·​qui·​la·​do·​ra mə-ˌkē-lə-ˈdȯr-ə How to pronounce maquiladora (audio)
: a foreign-owned factory in Mexico at which imported parts are assembled by lower-paid workers into products for export

Examples of maquiladora in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And to stir civic pride and bring back investment — especially in the maquiladora industry. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2022 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

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Word History


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

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maquiladora was in 1970

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“Maquiladora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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