bracero

[ 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.

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Origin of bracero

First recorded in 1915–20; from Spanish: “laborer,” literally, “one who swings his arms,” equivalent to brazo “arm” + -ero; see origin at brace, -ary
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