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 public service, the Monitor has removed the paywall for all our coronavirus coverage. Scott Smith, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Venezuela, as water runs out, communities improvise solutions," 26 June 2020 Bender also said Google will soon begin paying publishers to allow readers free access to certain articles normally locked behind a paywall. Hadas Gold, CNN, "Google will start paying publishers for news," 25 June 2020 On Monday, the US Supreme Court declined to review a case (paywall) that established the foreign nannies must be paid in accordance with local laws. David Yanofsky, Quartz, "Trump’s immigration order suspends a scandal-plagued visa for foreign nannies," 23 June 2020 Much everybody has access to Cobra Kai as opposed to having to go through a paywall. Kristen Baldwin,, "Cobra Kai EPs explain Netflix move, tease possible spin-offs," 22 June 2020 When social distancing rules were put in place a few months back, the good people at Fender music wisely removed the paywall on their online music lessons and quarantined garage rockers and couch crooners rejoiced. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "Go Big This Father’s Day With These Splurge-Worthy Options," 17 June 2020 As a public service, the Monitor has removed the paywall for all our coronavirus coverage. David Bauder, The Christian Science Monitor, "What's in a word? US newsrooms move to capitalize 'Black.'," 16 June 2020 The university system had been trying to negotiate a deal to make all of its research open-access—outside of a paywall—with Elsevier, the world’s largest academic publisher. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research," 16 June 2020 As first discovered by Redditor unicorn4sale, the trick has been proven to work on YouTube and several news sites that offer a limited number of free articles before throwing up a paywall. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Bizarre internet 'dot' glitch lets you watch ad-free YouTube vids and bypass paywalls," 12 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Paywall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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