newel

[ noo-uh l, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu əl, ˈnyu- /

noun

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

1325–75; earlier nuel, Middle English nowel < Middle French no(u)el kernel, newel < Late Latin *nucāle, noun use of neuter of nucālis of a nut, nutlike, equivalent to Latin nuc- (stem of nux) nut + -ālis -al1
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newel

/ (ˈnjuːəl) /

noun

the central pillar of a winding staircase, esp one that is made of stone

Word Origin for newel

C14: from Old French nouel knob, from Medieval Latin nōdellus, diminutive of nōdus node
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