[ muh-kee-luh-dawr-uh; Spanish mah-kee-ah-daw-rah ]
/ məˌki ləˈdɔr ə; Spanish mɑˌki ɑˈdɔ rɑ /
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noun, plural ma·qui·la·do·ras [muh-kee-luh-dawr-uhz; Spanish mah-kee-ah-daw-rahs]. /məˌki ləˈdɔr əz; Spanish mɑˌki ɑˈdɔ rɑs/.
a factory run by a U.S. company in Mexico to take advantage of cheap labor and lax regulation.
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Also called ma·qui·la.
Origin of maquiladora
1985–90; Mexican Spanish, perhaps <Spanish maquilar extract a toll
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Returning to a pacified region, they were settled at the mouth of the river of Maquila.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXXII, 1640|Diego Aduarte