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newel post

a post supporting one end of a handrail at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs.
Origin of newel post
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The hand rail is supported at either end by a post (newel post).

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
  • Then, with an odd lack of assurance, he said: About that newel post now, Rowland.

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • She did not notice the shadow of the stranger as he came slowly down the stairs and paused by the newel post, dark and silent.

    Darkwater W. E. B. Du Bois
  • The newel post and the balustrade are of mahogany, the former most elaborately carved.

    Historic Homes Mary H. Northend
  • Then she illustrated her ability for us, to almost knocking the newel post from its dignified position at the bottom of the stair.

    The Golden Road

    Frank Waller Allen
  • Kathrien turned away and traced a pattern on the newel post with her slender fingers.

  • He clutched the newel post at the head of the stairway just as Booth flung open the door of the box.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout Alfred Bishop Mason
  • "I feel like an ass," said young Mr. Van Pycke, probably to the newel post, there being nothing else quite so human in sight.

    The Alternative George Barr McCutcheon
  • She beheld the Colonel leaning against the newel post, looking up but not seeing her.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • Where can I find an old stair rail and newel post suitable for the old house?

    The Worn Doorstep Margaret Sherwood
British Dictionary definitions for newel post

newel post

the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs that supports the handrail Sometimes shortened to newel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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