Words at Play : In the Details: Architecture Terms Worth Looking At

#6: Newel

Definition:

an upright post about which the steps of a circular staircase wind; or a post at the foot of a straight stairway, or one at a landing

About the Word:

Is a newel post the heart of a staircase? If you look at the story behind that word, you might well think so. Newel comes from the Anglo-French word nuel or noel, meaning "stone of a fruit."

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