noun pay·o·la \pā-ˈō-lə\

: money that is paid to someone for illegally helping to sell or advertise a product

: the illegal practice of giving or receiving payola

Full Definition of PAYOLA

:  undercover or indirect payment (as to a disc jockey) for a commercial favor (as for promoting a particular recording)

Examples of PAYOLA

  1. These radio disc jockeys accepted payola to play particular songs.
  2. payola in the music industry

Origin of PAYOLA

1pay + -ola (as in Pianola, trademark for a player piano)
First Known Use: 1938


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