kiosk

[ kee-osk, kee-osk ]
/ ˈki ɒsk, kiˈɒsk /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. kinswoman,
  2. kintpuash,
  3. kinyarwanda,
  4. kioga,
  5. kiore,
  6. kioto,
  7. kiowa,
  8. kip,
  9. kip-ft,
  10. kipa

Origin of kiosk

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

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British Dictionary definitions for kiosk

kiosk

/ (ˈkiːɒsk) /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for kiosk

kiosk

n.

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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