A kiosk (pronounced KEE-ahsk) is a small, free-standing physical structure that displays information or provides a service. Kiosks can be manned or unmanned, and unmanned kiosks can be digital or non-digital. The word kiosk is of French, Turkish and Persian origin and means pavilion or portico.
In business, kiosks are often used in locations with high foot traffic. In a shopping mall, for example, an unmanned, non-digital kiosk can be placed near entrances to provide people passing by with directions or promotional messaging. Manned kiosks temporarily set up in aisles can provide businesses that have seasonal sales cycles with a cost-effective way to display wares, and digital kiosks placed near movie theaters can provide online banking or ticket sales services.