payola

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noun pay·o·la \pā-ˈō-lə\

Definition of payola

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

Examples of payola in a Sentence

  1. These radio disc jockeys accepted payola to play particular songs.

  2. payola in the music industry

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Origin and Etymology of payola

1pay + -ola (as in Pianola, trademark for a player piano)


PAYOLA Defined for English Language Learners

payola

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noun

Definition of payola for English Language Learners

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

  • : the illegal practice of giving or receiving payola


Law Dictionary

payola

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noun pay·o·la \pā-ˈō-lə\

Legal Definition of payola

  1. :  a secret or indirect payment (as to a disc jockey) for a commercial favor (as for promoting a particular record)


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