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newel post

noun
  1. a post supporting one end of a handrail at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs.
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Origin of newel post

First recorded in 1790–1800
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Historical Examples of newel post

  • By means of the newel-post I drew myself upright and listened.

    The Mutiny of the Elsinore

    Jack London

  • 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

    Dorothy Canfield

  • 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'

    Frank Bacon


British Dictionary definitions for newel post

newel post

noun
  1. the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs that supports the handrailSometimes shortened to: newel
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