ki·​osk | \ ˈkē-ˌäsk How to pronounce kiosk (audio) \

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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In Belgrade’s airport, there's even a kiosk dedicated to selling merchandise with his face on it. Alyson Krueger, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Novak Djokovic Is Helping Turn Belgrade, Serbia Into Your Next Destination," 25 July 2018 The booths like Riehl's selling data management tools are not the most popular kiosks here. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Drones of Tomorrow Have a Data Problem," 11 May 2017 Everhart said both Windsor and Windsor Locks will receive ticket kiosks by mid-July or so. Rebecca Lurye,, "Despite New Commuter Line, Rail Upgrades Lag North Of Hartford," 12 June 2018 Even fast-casual chains are beginning to see a slowdown and are taking steps to reverse that by ramping up technology, such as kiosk-ordering at Panera. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, "The odds are stacked against success stories like these," 10 June 2018 The United States has lagged behind a bit on kiosk adoption. Emily Price, Fortune, "McDonald's Is Planning to Add Self-Serve Kiosks Across the U.S.," 5 June 2018 At 21 stops along Third Avenue, Blanchard and Lenora streets, and Westlake Avenue, passengers can tap their cards on kiosks installed on the sidewalk, then board through any door. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Buses no longer using Seattle’s transit tunnel; Monday commutes test new routes," 25 Mar. 2019 Or take your time accumulating wealth and spending it at various pay-for-upgrade kiosks, while dealing with an increasingly awful onslaught? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast," 9 Sep. 2018 Consuming the trendy new snack, sold at mall kiosks and some fairs, makes very appealing videos on YouTube and Snapchat and Instagram — and can result in great pain and damage. Maura Judkis, The Seattle Times, "Dragon’s Breath snacks make you exhale ‘smoke’ — and they’re sending teens to the hospital," 7 Aug. 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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