Definition of payola noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//peɪˈəʊlə//
; NAmE NAmE//peɪˈoʊlə//
[uncountable] (North American English, informal)
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the practice of giving or taking payments for doing something illegal, especially for illegally influencing the sales of a particular product synonym bribery Word Origin1930s: from pay + -ola as in Victrola, the name of a make of gramophone.
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