Origin of newel
Examples from the Web for newel
In the west wall is a hagioscope, and from a room next the chapel a newel staircase led to the priest's room on the floor above.Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts|Rosalind Northcote
His name was Newel Knight, although not related in any way with the Knight family spoken of in the beginning of this chapter.
Several days passed without giving Newel the chance he wished for to apologize and explain to the offended girl.
A flat sphere of solid wood tops the capital of the newel post.The Fairfax County Courthouse|Ross D. Netherton
And they climbed the newel staircase that was carried in the north-east pier.The Nebuly Coat|John Meade Falkner
British Dictionary definitions for newel
Word Origin for newel
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.