plugola

noun
plug·​o·​la | \ (ˌ)plə-ˈgō-lə How to pronounce plugola (audio) \

Definition of plugola

: incidental advertising on radio or television that is not purchased like regular advertising

First Known Use of plugola

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plugola

plug + -ola (as in payola)

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“Plugola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plugola. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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