[ bruh-sair-oh, brah-; Spanish brah-se-raw ]
/ brəˈsɛər oʊ, brɑ-; Spanish brɑˈsɛ rɔ /

noun, plural bra·ce·ros [bruh-sair-ohz, brah-; Spanish brah-se-raws] /brəˈsɛər oʊz, brɑ-; Spanish brɑˈsɛ rɔs/.

a Mexican laborer admitted legally into the U.S. for a short period to perform seasonal, usually agricultural, labor.

Nearby words

  1. braced arch,
  2. braced frame,
  3. bracelet,
  4. bracelets,
  5. bracer,
  6. braces,
  7. brach,
  8. brachah,
  9. brachi-,
  10. brachia

Origin of bracero

1915–20; < Spanish: laborer, literally, one who swings his arms. See brace, -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019