- A small structure, usually open in front, used as a newsstand or a place for selling goods or conducting transactions, as at a bank.
- A small structure housing an electronic terminal for public use, as for purchasing tickets or accessing information.
- A usually cylindrical structure on which advertisements are posted.
- Archaic A small open gazebo or pavilion.
Origin of kiosk Ultimately
( partly via
) (Italian chiosco with French ki- and Italian chi- representing Turkish palatalized k-
Turkish köşk gazebo, pavilion from
Persian kōšk palace from
Middle Persian of unknown origin Word History: Kiosk
comes from the Turkish word köşk,
which originally referred to a kind of open pavilion or summerhouse in Turkey and Persia, often built on a hexagonal or many-sided base. The upper classes of the Ottoman Empire would enjoy entertainments and view their gardens in the comfort of such buildings. When the word first began to appear in English, kiosk
referred to these Middle Eastern pavilions, which Europeans imitated in their own gardens and parks. In France and Belgium, the word kiosque
was applied to something lower on the scale, structures resembling these pavilions but used as places to sell newspapers or as bandstands. When such lowly structures began to be built in England for these purposes, the word kiosk
was reborrowed from French in the middle of the 1800s with the meaning “a place where newspapers are sold.”
From French kiosque, from Turkish köşk (“pavilion”), from Ottoman Turkish كوشك (köşk), from Persian کوشک (kôšk, “palace, portico”), from Middle Persian (kōšk).