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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The kiosks can also be used to add additional time to the Play Pass. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Chuck E. Cheese's launches unlimited gaming option," 11 July 2018 The kiosks would be regulated in the same way as secondhand shops and junk dealers. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Legislature approves Rick Snyder's 'Marshall Plan' before summer break," 12 June 2018 Yi Dian Dian, a Taiwanese milk-tea company, has become the world’s largest chain of streetside kiosks, according to Euromonitor, expanding from 300 outlets in mainland China in 2012 to over 3,500 last year. The Economist, "HEYTEA wants to make tea-drinking cool again in China," 31 May 2018 One of the newest kiosks in Winter Garden’s Plant St. Market, Morthan Cheese is the spot for folks who enjoy dumping cheese over almost any dish. Lauren Delgado,, "Mark National Cheese Day with these quirky dishes," 31 May 2018 Its total sales from kiosks are larger than from stores as well as online. Hang Nguyen,, "Urban Remedy, the health-conscious Bay Area eatery, expands into San Diego County," 29 May 2018 Sixteen iPhone XLs worth $15,993 were stolen from a kiosk at Mayfair Mall between 10 p.m. April 9 and 1 p.m. April 10, a police report said. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "16 iPhones valued at $16,000 stolen from kiosk at Mayfair Mall," 18 Apr. 2018 Facial recognition has also been integrated into Global Entry kiosks at Orlando International, which until now had relied solely on fingerprints to verify identity. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Orlando Airport Will Be First in the U.S. to Scan Faces of All International Passengers," 22 June 2018 Bear-proofing food: Bear canisters are required for food storage in wilderness; rentals available at park entrance kiosks at $5 per canister per week. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joining the ‘1 Percent Club’ at Yosemite’s Laurel Lake," 3 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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