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[kee-osk, kee-osk] /ˈki ɒsk, kiˈɒsk/
a small structure having one or more sides open, used as a newsstand, refreshment stand, bandstand, etc.
a thick, columnlike structure on which notices, advertisements, etc., are posted.
an interactive computer terminal available for public use, as one with Internet access or site-specific information:
Students use kiosks to look up campus events.
an open pavilion or summerhouse common in Turkey and Iran.
British. a telephone booth.
Origin of kiosk
1615-25; < French kiosque stand in a public park ≪ Turkish köşk villa < Persian kūshk palace, villa Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kiosk
  • With the other, she would buy potable water from a kiosk.
  • If you have a taste for independent exploration off the beaten track, buy a transport map in a newspaper kiosk or bookstore.
  • Instead, shoppers browse casket samples at a kiosk near the shop entrance.
  • Pick up a brochure at the information desk or kiosk in the local metro or subway station for more information.
  • They are unlikely to be freed to check-in at home or at a kiosk.
  • He was commenting on the jaunty old newsreel footage showing on the tiny television set he has installed in his kiosk.
  • Enter a special kiosk and a wall of dresses is pulled back, or handbags pushed aside, to reveal a library of catalogues.
  • Second, the price of an information-serving kiosk will have to come down substantially.
  • Web, kiosk and other self-service check-in have made it much easier for people to super-size their hand baggage.
  • Health officials traced it to a piercing gun at a jewelry kiosk.
British Dictionary definitions for kiosk


a small sometimes movable booth from which cigarettes, newspapers, light refreshments, etc, are sold
(mainly Brit) a telephone box
(mainly US) a thick post on which advertisements are posted
(in Turkey, Iran, etc, esp formerly) a light open-sided pavilion
Word Origin
C17: from French kiosque bandstand, from Turkish kösk, from Persian kūshk pavilion
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Word Origin and History for kiosk

1620s, "open pavilion," from French kiosque (17c.), from Turkish koshk, kiöshk "pavilion, palace," from Persian kushk "palace, portico." Later of newsstands (1865). Modern sense influenced by British telephone kiosk (1928).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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kiosk in Technology

A stall set up in a public place where one can obtain information, e.g. tourist information. The information may be provided by a human or by a computer. In the latter case, the data may be stored locally (e.g. on CD-ROM) or accessed via a network using some kind of distributed information retreival system such as Gopher or World-Wide Web.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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