Definition of bracero in English:


Line breaks: bra|cero
Pronunciation: /brəˈsɪərəʊ
, brəˈsɛːrəʊ/

noun (plural braceros)

  • A Mexican labourer allowed into the United States for a limited time as a seasonal agricultural worker.
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    • A remedy was found in an agreement with the Mexican government in 1942, which brought in some 200,000 Mexican workers - called braceros - on temporary work visas.
    • The bracero program contracted Mexican agricultural labor to US growers.
    • This is the most fundamental expression of the growers' advantage in using braceros: a bracero knew he could not complain.


1970s: Spanish, literally 'labourer', from brazo 'arm'.

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