- 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
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Examples from the Web for newel post
By means of the newel-post I drew myself upright and listened.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
She turned her face away from him and folded her hands over the newel-post.Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
She leaned forward, and saw that the object which had fallen was the newel-post of the stairs.The Squirrel-Cage
Limply he sagged against the newel-post, a sorry picture of grief and pain.Cursed
George Allan England
Millie stood at the newel-post, steadying the tray against it.Lightnin'
- the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs that supports the handrailSometimes shortened to: newel
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