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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MoGo plans to bring its bicycle rental kiosks to Ferndale, Royal Oak and several other suburban Oakland County cities next year. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "MoGo bike rental kiosks expanding to Ferndale, Royal Oak," 11 July 2018 Different cities and systems have taken varying approaches: charging stations near transit stops, citywide battery swapping programs, and in some Chinese cities, even setting up kiosks for BYOB (bring your own battery) solutions. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why electric bikes can provide a big jolt to bikeshare systems," 28 June 2018 Skip wants to hook into the region’s Clipper Card transit network and has pledged to set up kiosks in disadvantaged areas to help people create accounts without mobile devices. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Scooter companies tried to barge into San Francisco and got kicked out. Now they’re making big promises to get legal.," 26 June 2018 LoveFone, a company that advocates repairing cellphones rather than disposing of them, opened a mini workshop in a London kiosk in 2016. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "The Red Phone Box, a British Icon, Stages a Comeback," 22 May 2018 Aldermen discussed whether the city should have a high-tech LED kiosk. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville looks at signs to draw more people downtown," 9 July 2018 This new plan will be in addition to the current arrangement where people pay $3 at the lot through a kiosk by either cash or a credit card and place a ticket on their dashboard. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Lake Bluff approves mobile app parking pass technology for train station lot," 19 June 2018 Everybody presents themselves at a kiosk like Global Entry, but it’s even slicker. Carolina A. Miranda, The Atlantic, "The Unbearable Awkwardness of Automation," 13 June 2018 The international-terminal location will be a full-service restaurant with a grab-and-go kiosk and to-go coffee bar near gate 25 in Terminal D, according to a release from Brewed. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "A Magnolia Avenue mainstay lands a DFW Airport location," 7 June 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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