newel

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noun new·el \ˈnü-əl, ˈnyü-\

Definition of newel

  1. 1 :  an upright post about which the steps of a circular staircase wind

  2. 2 :  a post at the foot of a straight stairway or one at a landing

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Origin and Etymology 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

newel

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noun new·el \ˈnü-əl, ˈnyü-\

Definition of newel for Students

  1. :  a post at the bottom or at a turn of a stairway


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