ki·​osk ˈkē-ˌäsk How to pronounce kiosk (audio)
: a small structure with one or more open sides that is used to vend merchandise (such as newspapers) or services (such as film developing)
: a small stand-alone device providing information and services on a computer screen
a museum with interactive kiosks
: an open summerhouse or pavilion

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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Word History


Turkish köşk, from Persian kūshk portico

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of kiosk was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Kiosk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


ki·​osk ˈkē-ˌäsk How to pronounce kiosk (audio)
: a small light structure with one or more open sides used especially to sell merchandise or services
: a small structure that provides information and services on a computer screen

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