paywall

noun
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

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The Vindicator’s 44-member newsroom staff digs deep into local issues, and has won plenty of state awards for general excellence, for reporting and commentary, and for its website, which has no paywall. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, "‘Democracy . . . is about to die in Youngstown’ with closing of the local newspaper," 7 July 2019 Authorities track every vehicle in the region (paywall), collect DNA from residents, seize passports, and use technology to monitor individual routines—or deviations from them. Patrick Dehahn, Quartz, "More than 1 million Muslims are detained in China—but how did we get that number?," 4 July 2019 Original programs, once largely behind a paywall, will become free, supported by ads by 2020. Wendy Lee, latimes.com, "How YouTube’s Susanne Daniels is getting ahead of streaming wars," 26 June 2019 Members get all of our content (including the magazine), no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (conference calls, social-media groups, etc.). Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Inching Back toward the Rule of Law," 23 June 2019 Note: The article is behind the Wall Street Journal’s paywall. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: NBA Draft results in six Pac-12 players selected and six early-entries shunned," 21 June 2019 At Adidas’s North American headquarters, less than 5% of the employees are black, according to internal company figures revealed in a New York Times report (paywall). Marc Bain, Quartz at Work, "Black Americans are the faces of Adidas, but missing from its leadership," 19 June 2019 Members get all of our content (including the magazine), no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (conference calls, social-media groups, etc.). Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Does Nancy Pelosi Really Want to ‘Lock Him Up!’?," 8 June 2019 Fortune magazine is raising its cover price, launching a digital paywall and boosting its conference business, in its first decisive steps as an independent publisher. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Fortune to Add Paywall in Bid to Diversify Revenue Stream," 29 May 2019

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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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