Newel



[noo-uh l, nyoo-] /ˈnu əl, ˈnyu-/

noun
1.
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2.
a central pillar or upright from which the steps of a winding stair radiate.
3.
(on an escalator) the horizontal section of railing at the upper or lower end.
/ˈnjuːəl/
noun
1.
the central pillar of a winding staircase, esp one that is made of stone
2.
See newel post
n.

mid-14c., “pillar from which steps of a winding staircase radiate,” from Old French noel, novel “knob, newel, kernel, stone” (Modern French noyau), from Vulgar Latin *nodellus “little knot,” diminutive of Latin nodulus, diminutive of nodus “knot” (see net (n.)). Klein’s sources suggest the French word may be from Gallo-Romance *nucale, from Latin nux “nut.” The meaning “post at the top or bottom of a staircase” is from 1833.

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