[ muh-kee-luh-dawr-uh; Spanish mah-kee-ah-daw-rah ]
/ məˌki ləˈdɔr ə; Spanish mɑˌki ɑˈdɔ rɑ /

noun, plural ma·qui·la·do·ras [muh-kee-luh-dawr-uh z; 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020