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[muh-kee-luh-dawr-uh; Spanish mah-kee-ah-daw-rah]
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/.
  1. a factory run by a U.S. company in Mexico to take advantage of cheap labor and lax regulation.
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Origin of maquiladora

1985–90; Mexican Spanish, perhaps < Spanish maquilar extract a toll
Also called ma·qui·la.
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