Kiosk meaning

kēŏsk, kē-ŏsk
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The definition of a kiosk is a small storefront or booth in which magazines, newspapers and other related items are sold, or an interactive, free-standing terminal.

A small booth in the walkway of a mall where jewelry is sold is an example of a kiosk.

A free-standing terminal with a touch screen that allows self-service car rental check in in an example of a kiosk.

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A small structure, usually open in front, used as a newsstand or a place for selling goods or conducting transactions, as at a bank.
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A usually cylindrical structure on which advertisements are posted.
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(archaic) A small open gazebo or pavilion.
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In Turkey and Persia, a summerhouse or pavilion of open construction.
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A somewhat similar small structure open at one or more sides, used as a newsstand, bandstand, entrance to a subway, etc.
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A small, self-standing structure such as a newsstand or ticket booth. The original kiosk had room inside for a person who handled the transactions; however, the term evolved to refer to unattended self-service booths with computers that dispense information or make sales via a touchscreen.Other than simple soda or candy machines, almost any modern vending machine that accepts credit cards can be called a kiosk. For example, digital photo kiosks are today's counterpart to the earlier, manned kiosks for analog film developing. Accepting memory card or CD/DVD input, they allow users to select images and perform limited editing. The units can make prints on the spot as well as burn them onto a CD. See self-service application and touchscreen.
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Any of various unmanned, free-standing structures housing, variously, interactive terminals, video monitors, etc., located in retail stores or other public places for the use of customers, the general public, etc.
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A small enclosed structure, often freestanding, open on one side or with a window, used as a booth to sell newspapers, cigarettes, etc.
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A similar unattended stand for the automatic dispensation of tickets, etc.
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Origin of kiosk

  • French kiosque from Turkish köşk gazebo, pavilion from Middle Persian gōshak corner from Avestan gaoshaka- diminutive of gaosha- ear

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French kiosque, from Turkish köşk (“pavilion”), from Ottoman Turkish كوشك (köşk), from Persian کوشک (kôšk, “palace, portico”), from Middle Persian (kōšk).

    From Wiktionary