ki·osk (kē’ŏsk′, kē-ŏsk’)
n. 1) A small structure, usually open in front, used as a newsstand or a place for selling goods or conducting transactions, as at a bank. 2) A usually cylindrical structure on which advertisements are posted. 3) Archaic A small open gazebo or pavilion.
[French kiosque, from Turkish köşk, gazebo, pavilion, from Middle Persian gōshak, corner, from Avestan *gaoshaka-, diminutive of gaosha-, ear.]
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."

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