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newel

[ noo-uhl, nyoo- ]

noun

  1. a central pillar or upright from which the steps of a winding stair radiate.
  2. (on an escalator) the horizontal section of railing at the upper or lower end.


newel

/ ˈnjuːəl /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of newel1

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 -al 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of newel1

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

It was about the size of a dinner-plate, and lay on the newel-post as I came down stairs one morning.

She groped carefully for the newel-post, for going down was more dangerous than coming up, and she feared she might fall headlong.

Some asked us questions, others threatened us, so that we thought it wisdom to leave and go to the house of Newel Knight.

The corners of Mr. Gryce's mouth betrayed that he noted this change, but he did not turn away from the newel-post.

Limply he sagged against the newel-post, a sorry picture of grief and pain.

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