[kee-osk, kee-osk]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for kiosk

stall, booth, newsstand, stand, bandstand, rotunda

Examples from the Web for kiosk

Contemporary Examples of kiosk

Historical Examples of kiosk

  • They turned from the sea into the broad walk of the Villa, and walked towards the kiosk.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • He pointed with his cane in the direction of the chatterers near the kiosk.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • All about the kiosk bodies which had laid so still for the past week were moving.

    The End of Time

    Wallace West

  • In the kiosk of my garden, the princess is now a willing prisoner.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • I went down it with a swoop, landed in a heap beside the kiosk and ducked into it.

    Wandl the Invader

    Raymond King Cummings

British Dictionary definitions for kiosk



a small sometimes movable booth from which cigarettes, newspapers, light refreshments, etc, are sold
mainly British 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 for kiosk

C17: from French kiosque bandstand, from Turkish kösk, from Persian kūshk pavilion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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