- newel post.
- a central pillar or upright from which the steps of a winding stair radiate.
- (on an escalator) the horizontal section of railing at the upper or lower end.
Origin of newel
Examples from the Web for newel
With a lowering face he watched her descend and, his hand on the newel, confronted her.Viviette
William J. Locke
And they climbed the newel staircase that was carried in the north-east pier.The Nebuly Coat
John Meade Falkner
The hand rail is supported at either end by a post (Newel Post).The Boy Craftsman
A. Neely Hall
The grip of the shadowy presence was fastened on Newel, and he knew it.
Also that the union of Newel and Lydia would be pleasing in His sight.
- the central pillar of a winding staircase, esp one that is made of stone
- See newel post
Word Origin and History for newel
mid-14c., "pillar from which steps of a winding staircase radiate," from Old French noel, novel "knob, newel, kernel, stone" (Modern French noyau), from Vulgar Latin *nodellus "little knot," diminutive of Latin nodulus, diminutive of nodus "knot" (see net (n.)). Klein's sources suggest the French word may be from Gallo-Romance *nucale, from Latin nux "nut." The meaning "post at the top or bottom of a staircase" is from 1833.