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bracero

[bruh-sair-oh, brah-; Spanish brah-se-raw] /brəˈsɛər oʊ, brɑ-; Spanish brɑˈsɛ rɔ/
noun, plural braceros
[bruh-sair-ohz, brah-; Spanish brah-se-raws] /brəˈsɛər oʊz, brɑ-; Spanish brɑˈsɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a Mexican laborer admitted legally into the U.S. for a short period to perform seasonal, usually agricultural, labor.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; < Spanish: laborer, literally, one who swings his arms. See brace, -ary
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