ki·​osk | \ ˈkē-ˌäsk \

Definition of kiosk

1 : a small structure with one or more open sides that is used to vend merchandise (such as newspapers) or services (such as film developing)
2 : a small stand-alone device providing information and services on a computer screen a museum with interactive kiosks
3 : an open summerhouse or pavilion

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Examples of kiosk in a Sentence

She sells souvenirs at a kiosk in the mall. You can pick up your plane tickets at one of the airport's kiosks.

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Esposito said the city wants to install advertising kiosks in certain neighborhoods so there’s a place for that information. Julia Terruso,, "Philly residents tear down 8,000 illegal 'bandit signs.' Get paid.," 11 July 2018 The kiosk in Lawrenceville is available 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Gwinnett announces new self-service kiosks for tag renewal," 29 Jan. 2018 The Times Square kiosk is its first bricks-and-mortar presence since then. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Business Synonymous With ‘No Soup for You’ Wants to Make Soup for Everyone," 13 Dec. 2018 Forgery, Great Northern Mall: An employee of the Sprint kiosk called police Jan. 23 to report a woman was attempting to purchase four iPhone Xs using an apparently bogus identification card. Bruce Geiselman,, "North Olmsted police charge suspect holding multiple phony IDs with forgery: police blotter," 2 Feb. 2018 To save on labor costs, McDonald’s has installed self-service kiosks in 4,000 of its U.S. restaurants this year. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "U.S. retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers," 1 Jan. 2019 Mehmet Kubasik, who runs a kiosk in the western city of Dortmund, is killed. Fox News, "A brief history of German neo-Nazi group NSU," 11 July 2018 It cannot be purchased yet from existing fare kiosks. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "SEPTA set to begin rollout of Key Card Regional Rail passes," 28 June 2018 There will be beefsteak sandwiches available at the new Beefsteak kiosk in Cleveland, but don't expect a hamburger. Debbi Snook,, "Chef Jose Andres' concept headlines new Cleveland Clinic food court (photos)," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of kiosk

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for kiosk

Turkish köşk, from Persian kūshk portico

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English Language Learners Definition of kiosk

: a small store in a building or on the street where things (such as newspapers or candy) are sold
: a small structure that provides information and services on a computer screen


ki·​osk | \ ˈkē-ˌäsk\

Kids Definition of kiosk

1 : a small light structure with one or more open sides used especially to sell merchandise or services
2 : a small structure that provides information and services on a computer screen

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