kiosk

[kee-osk, kee-osk]
noun
1.
a small structure having one or more sides open, used as a newsstand, refreshment stand, bandstand, etc.
2.
a thick, columnlike structure on which notices, advertisements, etc., are posted.
3.
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.
4.
an open pavilion or summerhouse common in Turkey and Iran.
5.
British. a telephone booth.

Origin:
1615–25; < French kiosque stand in a public park ≪ Turkish köşk villa < Persian kūshk palace, villa

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kiosk (ˈkiːɒsk)
 
n
1.  a small sometimes movable booth from which cigarettes, newspapers, light refreshments, etc, are sold
2.  chiefly (Brit) a telephone box
3.  chiefly (US) a thick post on which advertisements are posted
4.  (in Turkey, Iran, etc, esp formerly) a light open-sided pavilion
 
[C17: from French kiosque bandstand, from Turkish kösk, from Persian kūshk pavilion]

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kiosk
1625, "open pavilion," from Fr. kiosque, from Turk. koshk "pavilion, palace," from Pers. kushk "palace, portico." Modern sense influenced by Brit. telephone kiosk (1928).
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kiosk definition


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.
(1998-09-07)

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Example sentences
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.
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