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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Over the last few years, Sidewalk Labs has deployed its digital kiosks that provide free wifi, real-time transit information, and historical photos (or image of what buildings might have been). Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Here’s what Sidewalk Labs’s Toronto smart city could look like," 16 Aug. 2018 Adam Aronson, chief executive of Lilitab, a San Rafael, Calif., maker of tablet kiosks, said one of his vendor’s distributors has raised prices for aluminum signage materials ahead of actual price increases. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "‘We Are at the Limit’: Trump’s Tariffs Turn Small Businesses Upside Down," 8 Aug. 2018 Port officials are still pursuing a related proposal to allow dozens of large TV-screen kiosks on the waterfront that may include video ads. David Garrick,, "Public outcry prompts port to shelve looser policy for building wrap ads," 13 July 2018 The card expires when the time is up, however customers can pause gaming at any point to eat or take a restroom break by using either of two kiosks available at every Chuck E. Cheese's archade. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Chuck E. Cheese's launches unlimited gaming option," 11 July 2018 SeaWorld is keeping up its food kiosks a la the Seven Seas Food Festival. Dewayne Bevil,, "SeaWorld Orlando sails into summer with free beer, dolphin show, 'Ignite' fireworks, more," 5 June 2018 Mayor Tom Barrett announced Monday the launch of voter registration kiosks at all Milwaukee Public Library branches to ease the process of online voter registration on the MyVote website. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Public Library opens kiosks in an effort to boost voter registration in the city," 21 May 2018 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

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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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