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
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
NEWEL Defined for Kids
Definition of newel for Students
: a post at the bottom or at a turn of a stairway
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