Definition of kiosk in US English:



  • 1A small open-fronted hut or cubicle from which newspapers, refreshments, tickets, etc., are sold.

    • ‘Here's a tip for you - don't follow the herds of tourists queueing to buy tickets at the kiosk near the garden entrance.’
    • ‘I asked the lady in the kiosk for two adult tickets and she said: ‘Where are your children?’’
    • ‘We've got a kiosk in reception that sells items you might need for a reasonable price.’
    • ‘These are admission tickets, which means there is no need to queue at the ticket kiosk and there will be no price increase after booking.’
    • ‘Fans could bet on the numbers in bars, barber shops, newspaper kiosks, and other neighborhood outlets.’
    • ‘The anticorruption campaign proved most successful in the districts with the highest concentration of newspaper kiosks.’
    • ‘Most resorts have amenities such as a restaurant, shop, kiosk, swimming pool and filling station.’
    • ‘Its newspaper La Vérité was sold publicly in newspaper kiosks and had a wide readership.’
    • ‘The last surviving assassin, Tito still deals in luck and fate, selling lottery tickets from a kiosk.’
    • ‘In Greece, couples are offered a range of incentives to have more than one child, including tax relief and licences for taxis and newspaper kiosks.’
    • ‘For example, Unilever sells soap through street vendors and Coca-Cola is sold through kiosks.’
    • ‘A refreshment kiosk is already on the site which is leased out as an annual franchise by the council.’
    • ‘The venue will be part of a small tented complex including toilets and kiosks for sweets and refreshments.’
    • ‘We bought bus tickets at a nearby kiosk before getting on board.’
    • ‘Starbucks plan to roll out coffee kiosks at airports and supermarkets to meet this ambitious target.’
    • ‘Villages appear more frequently, and with them sheaves of corn hanging from verandas, chillies drying in the sun and small kiosks selling random goods.’
    • ‘A kiosk sold magazines and public transport tickets beside the turnstile for the Powell-Mason Cable car.’
    • ‘In the event, he left the magazine at home and the kiosk had sold out so he had to buy the Times and fold it to the size of the Listener.’
    • ‘The popularisation of orange juice, sold at a kiosk at Flinders Street Station, was one of his novelties.’
    • ‘All along the middle of these blocks are kiosks selling various wares of t-shirts and handbags and jewellery etc.’
    booth, stand, stall, counter, refreshments kiosk, news stand, bookstall, telephone kiosk
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    1. 1.1 A small structure in a public area used for providing information or displaying advertisements, often incorporating an interactive display screen or screens.
      • ‘Like its roughly 160 smaller kiosks, customers will be able to touch gadgets but cannot physically leave with them.’
      • ‘Instead of attempting to sell ad space on kiosks to executives with no marketing budgets, he adopted a no-pressure approach to meetings.’
      • ‘He is in the process of rolling out kiosks, which the company has tested at trade shows.’
      • ‘Today, the information is available in Kannada, the local language, through 200 government-owned computer kiosks in administrative offices across the state.’
      • ‘Within two years there will be a tremendous matrix of data along with a rating system to support these kiosks.’
      • ‘Internet kiosks will soon become mandatory for developers of areas of public convenience, like shopping centers.’
      • ‘The kiosk is linked to a database of information, and to the website of Temple Bar Properties by a broadband connection.’
      • ‘Customers will be able to avoid lines by using an ATM-like kiosk to receive refills.’
      • ‘There are kiosks all over the place that no one uses: kiosks at the mall for shopping, kiosks for community information, kiosks for job listings.’
      • ‘Domestic passengers can use the touch-screen kiosks to receive a boarding pass if they have an electronic ticket.’
      • ‘The kiosks are in 45 stores in Seattle and Austin, Tex., and are rolling out nationally.’
      • ‘Contact the specialty leasing agent at the mall where you want to locate your cart / kiosk.’
      • ‘Kiosks within the special pavilion will offer visitors a range of opportunities from information gathering to making on-line transactions for products and services.’
      • ‘Electronic search engines located in kiosks outside the streetscape will direct attendees to the products serving their industry segments.’
      • ‘For example, our Endless Aisle program enables shoppers to purchase hard-to-find items using Internet-based in-store kiosks.’
      • ‘Microsoft is rolling out 50 multimedia kiosks at college career centers, offering students access to video archives from the past four years.’
      • ‘The airline hopes to install 38 kiosks, beginning next April.’
      • ‘All of the kiosks in the branch are designed to aid in the transition to online banking.’
      • ‘On the home front, the company has started selling at shopping mall kiosks to extend its reach beyond the party circuit.’
      • ‘New movies could be downloaded at airport or mall kiosks.’
    2. 1.2British A telephone booth.
      • ‘The Committee had previously noted that discussions were ongoing to ensure that the location of telephone kiosks protected the city's historic environment and townscape views.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mrs Sharp said she called for an ambulance from the telephone kiosk.’
    3. 1.3archaic (in Turkey and Iran) a light open pavilion or summerhouse.
      • ‘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.’
      gazebo, pavilion, belvedere, arbour, bower, pergola
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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘pavilion’): from French kiosque, from Turkish köşk ‘pavilion’, from Persian kuš.