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 The current policy generally allows journals to keep papers behind a subscription paywall for up to 12 months before providing free access. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, 3 June 2021 Apple will allow creators to place their podcasts behind a paywall via the Apple Podcasts app. John Sullivan, The Conversation, 13 May 2021 Thanks to companies like Alibaba and JD, China has already built a mature e-commerce market; according to Statista (paywall), e-commerce in China could represent about 64% of the total retail sales market in 2023. Andy Chou, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The buyer gets the NFT and the power to remove the paywall on the page, making the guide to some of the region’s top outdoor spots free for everyone, forever. Emilio Garcia-ruiz, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Apr. 2021 The uproar appears to have started after the Communist Youth League, once a powerful organization for grooming Chinese officials, lashed out at H&M on Weibo, according to fashion trade outlet WWD (paywall). Marc Bain, Quartz, 24 Mar. 2021 On the pricier end of the spectrum, luxury brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton have created capsule lines and limited-edition products specifically for gamers, according to the New York Times (paywall). Aaron Fletcher, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2021 The judicial paywall is inefficient and shields an entire branch of government from scrutiny. Sarath Sanga And David Schwartz, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2020 Bloomberg Tax has Promoter Will Exit Green Tax Breaks Derided by IRS as Fraudulent behind its paywall. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Paywall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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