paywall

noun

pay·​wall ˈpā-ˌwȯl How to pronounce paywall (audio)
: 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 This removes the barrier of a paywall while ensuring that only active and engaged customers can access the club. Zsuzsa Kecsmar, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 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 (through conference calls, social media groups, and more). The Editors, National Review, 12 Feb. 2024 Gemini Advanced, Google’s most powerful chatbot yet, launched today behind a paywall. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 But no matter what happens with Search, there’s already a splintering: a web full of cheap, low-effort content and a whole world of human-first art, entertainment, and information that lives behind paywalls, in private chat rooms, and on websites that are working toward a more sustainable model. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 9 Jan. 2024 But don’t expect the NFL’s premier event — practically a national holiday — to be behind a paywall anytime soon. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 All of that costs money, and The Times earns that by limiting access to its reporting through a robust paywall. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 27 Dec. 2023 Alexa Guard is officially dead, and Amazon is moving features behind a paywall. Josh Hendrickson, PCMAG, 26 Jan. 2024 The addition of a Tyrus series continues an effort by Fox to add streaming series outside of the Fox Nation paywall. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

pay entry 1 + firewall

First Known Use

2004, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paywall was in 2004

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“Paywall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paywall. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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paywall

noun
pay·​wall ˈpā-ˌwȯl How to pronounce paywall (audio)
: a system that prevents Internet users from accessing certain Web content without a paid subscription
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