pay·​wall | \ ˈpā-ˌwȯl How to pronounce paywall (audio) \

Definition of paywall

: a system that prevents Internet users from accessing certain Web content without a paid subscription

Examples of paywall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a Statista survey (paywall) highlights, around half of organizations see at least some competitive advantage from using cloud infrastructure and services. Kaveh Khorram, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Beyond early access, though, some creators seem to be looking for a way to continue putting their custom Sims content behind a permanent paywall. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2022 Wordle remains free to play, but the Times puts its other games behind a paywall following a limited amount of free plays. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 14 July 2022 Behind the paywall, as MacRumors spotted, some seven companies are named, including Semco and LG Innotek. David Phelan, Forbes, 26 June 2021 The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 Some worry removing games from local airwaves and putting them behind a paywall could have the opposite impact. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Amy Cheng, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 Another change: Executives expect Netflix and others to start selling programs to cable and broadcast channels, rather than keeping them behind a subscription paywall indefinitely. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of paywall

2004, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paywall

pay entry 1 + firewall

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8 Aug 2022

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“Paywall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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