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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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  • Enterprising companies would likely build small unmanned self-serve battery kiosks as well.
  • Darkened kiosks in the lobby house brief dance films intended for an audience of one.
  • And shoppers are finding information on touch screen kiosks, rather than talking to attendants.
  • Underground utility pipes house the homeless, and shipping containers function as kiosks.
  • Participants are paid with credits that can be used for phone service or redeemed for cash at special kiosks.
  • Small bombs in cars or telephone kiosks are commonplace.
  • It wants to charge more, introduce new products and expand access to its services cheaply, through self-service kiosks.
  • One example are digital photo kiosks, which are already appearing in shopping malls and other locations.
  • The city council says it will ban the illegal billboards and limit the number of kiosks disfiguring beautiful buildings.
  • Technology allows firms to offshore back-office tasks, for instance, or replace cashiers with automated kiosks.
British Dictionary definitions for kiosks


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 kiosks



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).

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