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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. 2017.
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  • He had a fleeting impression that she had been for some time where she stood now, by the stairway with her hand on the newel post.

    Basil Everman Elsie Singmaster
  • Kathrien turned away and traced a pattern on the newel post with her slender fingers.

  • But Richard was slow about following them, and when I was half way down the stair he was only as far as the newel post.

    Georgina's Service Stars Annie Fellows Johnston
  • "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
  • He noticed, too, that Dr. Redding had descended the stairs and leant against the newel post.

    The Gray Mask Wadsworth Camp
  • She beheld the Colonel leaning against the newel post, looking up but not seeing her.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • A flat sphere of solid wood tops the capital of the newel post.

    The Fairfax County Courthouse Ross D. Netherton
  • Where can I find an old stair rail and newel post suitable for the old house?

    The Worn Doorstep Margaret Sherwood
  • Then, with an odd lack of assurance, he said: About that newel post now, Rowland.

    Center Rush Rowland Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The staircase at the extreme left is hand-carved, the newel post being exceedingly plain.

    Historic Homes Mary H. Northend
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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