Newel posts on a staircase.
newel definition by Webster's New World
- the central upright pillar around which the steps of a winding staircase turn
- the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs, supporting the handrailalso newel post
Origin: Middle English nowelle ; from Old French nuel, a nut, fruit pit ; from Late Latin nucalis, like a nut ; from Classical Latin nux (gen. nucis), nut
newel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A vertical support at the center of a circular staircase.
- A post that supports a handrail at the bottom or at the landing of a staircase.
Origin: Middle English nouel, niewel, from Old French noiel, from Vulgar Latin *nōdellus, little knot, diminutive of Latin nōdulus, diminutive of nōdus, knot; see node.