from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small structure, usually open in front, used as a newsstand or a place for selling goods or conducting transactions, as at a bank.
  • noun A usually cylindrical structure on which advertisements are posted.
  • noun Archaic A small open gazebo or pavilion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of open pavilion or summer-house, generally constructed of wood, straw, or other light materials, and often supported by pillars round the foot of which is a balustrade.
  • noun In France, a street news-stand or booth somewhat resembling in form a small kiosk as in sense 1.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A Turkish open summer house or pavilion, supported by pillars.
  • noun A light ornamental structure used as a news stand, band stand, etc.
  • noun A small roofed structure, typically located on a sidewalk and sometimes in a parking lot, with one or more open sides, used to vend merchandise, such as newspapers or beverages, or services, such as key duplication or film developing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a small enclosed structure, often freestanding, open on one side or with a window, used as a booth to sell newspapers, cigarettes, etc.
  • noun a similar unattended stand for the automatic dispensation of tickets, etc.
  • noun a Turkish garden pavillion

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small area set off by walls for special use


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French kiosque, from Turkish köşk, gazebo, pavilion, from Middle Persian gōshak, corner, from Avestan *gaoshaka-, diminutive of gaosha-, ear.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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