[ pey-per-klik ]

  1. a system used to set prices for online advertisements on a search engine or other website, by which the advertiser pays a small fee to the website publisher each time a user clicks on the advertisement.

  1. noting or relating to such a system: pay-per-click ads to reach your target customers.Abbreviation: PPC

Origin of pay-per-click

First recorded in 1995–2000

Words Nearby pay-per-click Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for pay-per-click


  1. a system of payment used on the internet in which an advertiser on a website pays the website owner according to the number of people who visit the advertiser's website via the hyperlinked advert on the owner's website

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