from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Bribery of an influential person in exchange for the promotion of a product or service, such that of disc jockeys for the promotion of records.
- n. A bribe or a number of bribes given to an influential person in exchange for a promotion of a product or service: "I do not mean to imply that most Wall Street analysts typically receive payola for touting particular stocks” ( Burton G. Malkiel).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bribe given in exchange for a favor, such as one given in exchange for the promotion of goods or services (originally one given to a disk jockey to play a record).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bribe given to a disc jockey to induce him to promote a particular record
Probably pay(off) + -ola, suff.; see crapola.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps Blend of pay and Victrola. (Wiktionary)