MEANING: noun: A system of restricting access to online content or services, making them accessible only upon payment.

ETYMOLOGY: A combination of pay + wall. From Latin pacare (appease), from pax (peace) and vallum (rampart), from vallus (stake). Earliest documented use: 2004.

PLAYWALL - public handball court

PRYWALL - hidden door to a secret room

PAYWELL - the kind of job most people want