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 Shafron has a kiosk at Beachwood Place through Christmas. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Woodworker fashions old Great Lakes Brewing Co. tap handles into openers, trophies," 21 Dec. 2020 In August, the EBCI broke ground for an interpretive kiosk at the Nikwasi mound, part of a larger plan to create a 60-mile Cherokee cultural corridor along the Little Tennessee River in North Carolina. Sarah Stacke, History & Culture, "‘Our DNA is of this land’: The Cherokee quest to reclaim stolen territory," 9 Dec. 2020 The Eiffel Tower is now a kiosk that offers free Wi-Fi. Jiji Lee, The New Yorker, "“Emily in Paris” Season 2, Directed by David Lynch," 10 Dec. 2020 Now a service-dog handler will be able to check in online or at a kiosk, just like any other passenger, with the same time requirements. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Why the Emotional Support Dog Ban Is Good for Everyone," 8 Dec. 2020 The 504 Angelenos who’d been scheduled for tests at the Union Station kiosk could proceed as planned. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: The COVID-19 testing site and the ‘She’s All That’ remake," 2 Dec. 2020 Waseem Dilshad said his uncle was working at a kiosk near Macy’s when he was shot in the leg twice. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Witnesses recount Mayfair mall shooting: 'Everyone just started running and screaming.' 'We were all scared out of our minds.'," 20 Nov. 2020 Then there was a kiosk of free masks, wipes and hand sanitizer just inside the lobby. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "The Coronavirus, Raging in Battleground States, Looms Over Election Day," 3 Nov. 2020 The entrance, about 3 miles west of I-280 off curvy Page Mill Road, is gated with a kiosk, where rangers can monitor visitor numbers. Tom Stienstra,, "How to enjoy Palo Alto’s Foothills Park, which is finally opening to the public," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Kiosk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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