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.
Recent Examples on the Web Visitors can also explore other tourist destinations from one of the city's most famous with touch screen kiosks that plan out a trip and download an itinerary to a smartphone. CBS News, "Empire State Building's 80th floor renovations offer new visitor experience," 27 Nov. 2019 Now, in the same Jack London Square neighborhood as Dyafa, Assil has a kiosk in the works for the property’s forthcoming food hall. Justin Phillips,, "‘I had to do this for the people:’ Reem Assil to open Arab bakery in SF," 13 Nov. 2019 Briggo opened a coffee kiosk in the George R. Brown Convention Center last year. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Robot barista to make grocery store debut in Houston," 17 Oct. 2019 In the interim, the firm is managing operations — and increased security — at the park, which includes the Bradley Building along with three commercial kiosks constructed by the city in 2016. San Diego Union-Tribune, "With interior demolition and park planning in progress, Horton Plaza’s days as a ghost town are numbered," 3 Oct. 2019 Her business, which employs her sister and niece, will continue to run a kiosk in Newport Beach. Daily Pilot, "HIP District in Laguna Beach is becoming, well, more hip," 14 Aug. 2019 McDonald's is also improving restaurants with digital order kiosks. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "McDonald's cheap, classic food is driving sales," 26 July 2019 McDonald’s, which plans to modernize most of its freestanding restaurants by the end of 2020, debuted an upscale outpost in Green Hills this year with self-order kiosks, a private events room, educational games for kids and a three-story PlayPlace. Lizzy Alfs, USA TODAY, "Hardee's, Carl's Jr. chains part ways in fast-food image shakeup," 19 June 2018 This hunch was confirmed by a traffic standstill in front of one row of betting kiosks, where a trio of dazed dudes stood staring at a screen that had just gone blank after accepting their wad of bills., "A new game in town," 10 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of kiosk was in 1625

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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Kiosk.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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