newel

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new·el

noun \ˈnü-əl, ˈnyü-\

Definition of NEWEL

1
:  an upright post about which the steps of a circular staircase wind
2
:  a post at the foot of a straight stairway or one at a landing

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Origin of NEWEL

Middle English nowell, from Anglo-French nuel, noel stone of a fruit, stone cut to form a newel, from Late Latin nucalis like a nut, from Latin nuc-, nux nut — more at nut
First Known Use: 14th century

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