Definition of kiosk in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkēˌäsk/


1A small open-fronted hut or cubicle from which newspapers, refreshments, tickets, etc., are sold.
Example sentences
  • Its newspaper La Vérité was sold publicly in newspaper kiosks and had a wide readership.
  • Fans could bet on the numbers in bars, barber shops, newspaper kiosks, and other neighborhood outlets.
  • The popularisation of orange juice, sold at a kiosk at Flinders Street Station, was one of his novelties.
booth, stand, stall, concession, counter, newsstand;
information booth
1.1A small structure in a public area used for providing information or displaying advertisements, often incorporating an interactive display screen or screens.
Example sentences
  • Today, the information is available in Kannada, the local language, through 200 government-owned computer kiosks in administrative offices across the state.
  • New movies could be downloaded at airport or mall kiosks.
  • For example, our Endless Aisle program enables shoppers to purchase hard-to-find items using Internet-based in-store kiosks.
1.2 (usually telephone kiosk) British A telephone booth.
Example sentences
  • The charms included a pair of riding boots, a pair of rugby boots signifying when their son played his first game, a little church, a telephone kiosk and a gypsy caravan.
  • He went into the telephone kiosk in the station to make a call.
  • He said that after Corless saw her victim inside the store she went outside and hid in a telephone kiosk until the pensioner left the shop.
1.3 archaic (In Turkey and Iran) a light open pavilion or summerhouse.
Example sentences
  • Aynalikavak Pavilion and several other kiosks were built between 18th-19th centuries, and the complex was known by the people as the Shipyard Palaces.
  • This take on the classic glass pavilion is no demonstration model for a transparent Utopia, nor is it an attempt to ‘frame’ the natural surroundings. It is a less formal design for a kiosk in the park beside Riesbach Harbour in Zürich.


Early 17th century (in the sense 'pavilion'): from French kiosque, from Turkish köşk 'pavilion', from Persian kuš.

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